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Shakespeare's Women & Claire Bloom (1999)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Drama | TV Movie
Claire Bloom has performed leading and important supporting roles in numerous plays by William Shakespeare, starting while she was still in her teens. In this documentary, she discusses her... See full summary »

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Phillip Schopper

Writer:

William Shakespeare (plays)
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Credited cast:
Claire Bloom ... Herself / Juliet / Lady Anne / Portia / Rosalind / Gertrude / Imogen / Volumnia / Lady Constance / Katherine of Aragon / Emilia
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John Barrymore ... Hamlet (archive footage)
Sarah Bernhardt ... Hamlet (archive footage)
Mrs. Patrick Campbell ... Herself (lectures on acting, 1929) (archive footage)
Laurence Olivier ... Richard III (archive footage)
Roger Rees ... Narrator (voice)
Frederick Warde ... Richard III (archive footage)
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Claire Bloom has performed leading and important supporting roles in numerous plays by William Shakespeare, starting while she was still in her teens. In this documentary, she discusses her experiences and performs monologues and soliloquies from 'Romeo and Juliet,' 'The Merchant of Venice,' 'As You Like It,' 'Richard III,' 'Hamlet,' and 'King Henry the Eighth,' among others. Film and television footage from her earlier performances is also featured, as is a brief clip of Sarah Bernhardt as Hamlet in a 1900 silent film version of that play. Written by RK

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Mothers, Lovers & Wives

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Documentary | Drama

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Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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Claire Bloom and Shakespeare's Women See more »

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Features Hamlet, Act I: Scenes IV and V (1933) See more »

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A wonderful lesson
7 July 2016 | by Adrian_Paul_BottaSee all my reviews

Indeed it is too short. Once I've started watching, it ended in a blink of an eye. I was numb in my chair at the end, trying to wake up again in the real world. It was a lesson, for me, an uneducated savage who knows almost nothing about the theater. I am very subjective too, because I was hoping to see a movie or documentary where Claire Bloom is 99.99% there on the screen. It's a ten out of ten for me. Six means popcorn, eight it was interesting and ten - I can watch it again and again, and every time I will find something new. At the end I felt like someone who just learned to read and is holding in his hands his first love letter. I think anyone can and will love theater after watching this documentary.


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