Love's Labour's Lost (Shakespeare's Globe, London 2009) [Blu-ray]
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When the King of Navarre and his three courtiers forswear all pleasure - particularly of the female variety - in favour of a life of study, the arrival of the Princess of France and her ladies plays havoc with their intentions. Using every kind of verbal gymnastics to poke fun, Shakespeare's most intellectual comedy is brought to hilarious life in Dominic Dromgoole's highly entertaining production, rich in visual humour and sexual innuendo. Jonathan Fensom's knot garden and original music by Claire van Kampen create the framework for an engaging performance by an excellent cast. Filmed live in High Definition and true surround sound.Press Reviews
"Dominic Dromgoole's zestful production succeeds in captivating the audience to a degree that I would not have thought possible...It's a treat" (The Independent)
"With a delightful design and jaunty music it has abundant charm...Entirely enchanting." (The Times)Cast
Philip Cumbus (King of Navarre)
Trystan Gravelle (Berowne)
William Mannering (Longaville)
Jack Farthing (Dumaine)
Michelle Terry (Princess of France)
Thomasin Rand (Rosaline)
Company: Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
Stage Director: Dominic Dromgoole
Television Director: Ian Russell
Catalogue Number: OABD7071D
Date of Performance: 2009
Running Time: 166 minutes
Sound: 2.0 PCM & 5.1 DTS
Aspect Ratio: 1080i High Definition / 16:9
Subtitles: EN (in Shakespearean English)
Label: Opus Arte
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Firstly, the technical aspects of the disc are very good. The production takes place in a reproduction of Shakespeare's "The Glode" theater in which the stage was surrounded by the audience. The disc's sound felt very immersive, placing you in that audience. The video was sharp and clear.
Next, the camera work was excellent, adding a necessary shift of attention from actor to actor, neither just holding one frame too long, nor switching, Michael Bay-like, and intruding on the presentation.
Finally, the production itself is delightful, mixing Shakespeare's most intellectual play with the overtones of a Mack Sennet pie fight. The problems of the "unfunny clowns" is here solved.
If you have enjoyed videos of Shakespeare's plays that have "updated" the settings (I'm looking at you, "Romeo+Juliet"), try viewing this production.
These virtues are essential in performance, as the play itself is one of Shakespeare's more challenging for some of us. The plot is artificial and bare-bones, no great moral issues are touched, and the entertainment value lies almost completely in the rapid-fire wordplay of four couples unexpectedly in love.
A note from my own experience: More than with some of the plays which seem familiar and straightforward to us (say, Othello, Romeo & Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing), a viewing of this movie is perhaps enhanced by one's having already read through the text.
Shakespeare. I hope they film more of the plays at this theater....historically one feels as though time falls away and
you view it as the people did then.
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