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Shakespeare Uncovered: Season 3

Shakespeare Uncovered: Season 3

What inspired Shakespeare to write his plays? Where did he find his plots? Why has every one of his plays been acclaimed or ignored, depending on the century? Six celebrated stars entertain and inform you with insights about six plays they know intimately. Discover fresh perspectives from F. Murray Abraham (The Merchant of Venice) on anti-Semitism in 17th-century England... Helen Hunt (Much Ado About Nothing) on the hilarious contrast of tongue-tied and bickering lovers in Italian settings... Brian Cox (Julius Caesar) on how easily a tyrant can corrupt a free republic... and Romola Garai (Measure for Measure) on vice and sexual corruption at the highest levels... plus The Winter’s Tale and Richard III. A delight for fans of The Bard!
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This ambitious series brings six new hosts to the Bard's greatest plays, as they seamlessly weave their personal passions with history, biography, iconic performances, and new analysis to tell the stories behind the stories of Shakespeare's famous works. Shakespeare Uncovered reveals not just the elements in the play, but the history of the play itself. What sparked the creation of each of these works? Where did Shakespeare find his plots and what new forms of theater did he forge? What cultural, political and religious factors influenced his writing? How have the plays been staged and interpreted from Shakespeare's time to now? Why at different times has each play been popular - or ignored? Why has this body of work endured so thoroughly? What, in the end, makes Shakespeare unique?

Each episode reveals the extraordinary world and works of William Shakespeare and the still-potent impact his plays have today. The films combine interviews with actors, directors, and scholars, along with visits to key locations, clips from some of the most celebrated film and television adaptations, and illustrative excerpts from the plays staged specially for the series at Shakespeare's Globe in London.

Includes Six Films:
Much Ado About Nothing with Helen Hunt
The Merchant of Venice with F. Murray Abraham
Measure for Measure with Romola Garai
Julius Caesar with Brian Cox
The Winter's Tale with Simon Russell Beale
Richard III with Antony Sher
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Format: DVD
Brand: Shakespeare
Genre: Documentary
Run Time: 360 minutes
Number of Discs: 2
Region: Region 1
UPC Code : 841887038232
Producer: Bill O'Donnell, Benjamin Phelps
Episodes: 6 Episodes
Number of Discs: 2 Discs