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Shakespeare Uncovered (Complete Set)

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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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Six episodes combine history, biography, iconic performances, new analysis and the personal passion of its celebrated hosts — Ethan Hawke, Jeremy Irons, Derek Jacobi, Trevor Nunn, Joely Richardson and David Tennant — to tell the story behind the stories of Shakespeare’s greatest plays.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Elegant, insightful, and fun May 6 2013
By Gayle Gibson TOP 500 REVIEWER
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The six films in this series are a touch uneven, but all are good, and Jeremy Irons on the Hollow Crown and Derek Jacobi on Richard II are wonderful beyond expectation. Joley Richardson's commentary on the comedies, with the help of her grandmother Vanessa is charming and presents points of view not often heard. The other three are just fine, and well worth the watching.
Each film uses clips from many different versions of the plays - Hamlet, Tempest, Macbeth, Henry IV and V, Richard II, As You Like It and Twelfth Knight, to illustrate different ways to approach and interpret the texts. I found it interesting to see that, though acting styles change, the best actors always pull us in to the world of their character. Every episode is a testament to Shakespeare's living genius. The best of writers and the best of actors - what more could anyone want?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Behind the Shakespearean plays. July 2 2014
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Good to see some background stories about Shakespearean productions. It is encouraging to see vast improvements in the portrayal of the plays. I also appreciate that theatres have made their plays available to those who are not able to attend in person.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this! June 2 2014
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This is a fabulous collection. I am an English teacher and teacher librarian and I would heartily recommend this set to anyone who loves Shakespeare.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must have for Shakespeare lover May 9 2013
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As a lover of the works of Shakespeare, this series gives wonderful insight in to the works and productions of the Bard.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Alas, poor Derek Aug. 17 2013
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Excellent! A joy to watch. The only false note is Sir Derek's attempt to sell his silly theory about the Earl of Oxford being the "true" author of the plays, a theory motivated in large part by pure snobbery.
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