Shakespeare's Sonnets DVD
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Directed by Various (Stage)
Produced in 2012
Main Language - English
Countries & Regions - British Film
An exciting chance to see some of Britain’s top actors engaging intimately with Shakespeare’s words. It's a must-buy for all lovers of Shakespeare and poetry.
Containing all 154 of William Shakespeare’s sonnets, this is an epic celebration of the spoken word.
Kim Cattrall gets things started with ‘From fairest creatures we desire increase’, while Fiona Shaw concludes with ‘The little love-god lying once asleep’. In between actors of the calibre of Simon Russell Beale, Simon Callow, Diana Quick, Jemma Redgrave, Patrick Stewart and Harriet Walter deliver verses with mellifluous ease. David Tennant drew the plum with ‘Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day’, but veterans and newcomers alike bring words alive. It is though a crying shame that Stephen Fry was limited solely to ‘My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun’ when several other pieces are delivered rather stolidly by academics.
The simple shooting style (redolent of Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads) keeps the focus firmly on the poetry and, while some perform and some declaim, this is a treasure trove that is just made for browsing – and a fine teaching tool too.
David Parkinson on 27th June 2012
Author of 191 reviews
An exciting chance to see some of Britain's top actors engaging intimately with Shakespeare's words, Shakespeare's Sonnets features 42 actors - including Stephen Fry, David Tennant, Fiona Shaw, Oliver Ford Davies, Patrick Stewart, Simon Russell Beale, Dominic West, Kim Cattrall, Gemma Redgrave and Harriet Walter - performing all of Shakespeare's 154 Sonnets to camera.
Length: 180 mins
Cat No: SS162
Format: DVD Colour