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Shakespeare'S Women & Claire Bloom [Import]

Claire Bloom , John Barrymore    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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Shakespeare's women are lovingly illuminated by a woman, Claire Bloom, who has played many of his heroines on the stage and the screen. The Bard "knew everything about everybody," says the actress, who is so familiar with the characters it's as if she's just taken tea with them. The production interweaves film clips, such as Bloom playing Lady Anne to Laurence Olivier's Richard III in the 1955 film, with soliloquies Bloom performs for the camera. (Bloom has spent much time in recent years performing a one-woman stage show on Shakespeare's women.) Brought to life are Juliet, Ophelia from Hamlet, Portia from The Merchant of Venice, Rosalind from As You Like It, and a handful of other roles. Surprises also pop up, such as John Barrymore's 1935 screen test for Hamlet. It's an excellent primer on some of Shakespeare's works and a splendid scrapbook of film and play interpretations of his works over much of the past century. --Valerie J. Nelson

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5.0 out of 5 stars A most excellent presentation by Claire Bloom. Oct. 26 2013
By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
For people not familiar with Shakespeare or just have a cursory knowledge of Shakespeare, This is a perfect introductory to most of the plays. For those people who know most of the major Shakespeare plays. This is a perfect introductory to some of the more less well-known Shakespeare plays.

The focus of this presentation as you can see from the title "Shakespeare's Women" focuses mostly on the women's roles, many of which were played by Claire Bloom herself. We are lucky to have Claire Bloom is the narrator and introducer as whom else would know better of the evolution of Shakespeare plays, then Claire Bloom?

Another great advantage of this presentation is just having Claire Bloom as the single narrator instead of a whole bunch of sound bites were we bounce off of one so-called expert to the next so-called expert and back again and back again.

Many of the film clips are from movies and recorded plays that I have seen but there are quite a few were new to me and I am not sure where I can get them. This alone is worth purchasing this documentary.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A most excellent presentation by Claire Bloom. March 2 2013
By bernie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
For people not familiar with Shakespeare or just have a cursory knowledge of Shakespeare, This is a perfect introductory to most of the plays. For those people who know most of the major Shakespeare plays. This is a perfect introductory to some of the more less well-known Shakespeare plays.

The focus of this presentation as you can see from the title "Shakespeare's Women" focuses mostly on the women's roles, many of which were played by Claire Bloom herself. We are lucky to have Claire Bloom as the narrator and introducer as whom else would know better of the evolution of Shakespeare plays, then Claire Bloom?

Another great advantage of this presentation is just having Claire Bloom as the single narrator instead of a whole bunch of sound bites were we bounce off of one so-called expert to the next so-called expert and back again and back again.

Many of the film clips are from movies and recorded plays that I have seen but there are quite a few were new to me and I am not sure where I can get them. This alone is worth purchasing this documentary.
4.0 out of 5 stars Somehow I expected more Aug. 18 2013
By J. E. Bruml - Published on Amazon.com
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
Ms Bloom is an extremely talented actress yet somehow this film did not work for me. It did not seem to have much flow and I was disappointed in the various sections taken out of context. Not my favorite piece of work.
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