Shakespeare in Love
Starring: Joseph Fiennes & Gwyneth Paltrow Director: John Madden R

Love is the only inspiration.
Shakespeare in Love
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 3 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: April 15, 2011
  • Originally Released: 1998
  • Label: Miramax Lionsgate
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
  • Audio:
    • DTS Surround 5.1 - English, French
    • PCM Stereo - English, French
    • Subtitles - English

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Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1998 - Best Actress: Gwyneth Paltrow
Academy Awards 1998 - Best Adapted or Musical Song/Score: Stephen Warbeck
Academy Awards 1998 - Best Original Screenplay: Marc Norman & Tom Stoppard
Academy Awards 1998 - Best Picture
Academy Awards 1999 - Best Supporting Actress: Judi Dench

Entertainment Reviews:

Rolling Stone - 01/21/1999
"You can't miss with a movie that speaks the language of love with such hot-blooded delight....[SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE] spins delicious magic..."
Sight and Sound - 02/??/1999
"...Style and subject are ideally matched....[Rush] is increasingly superb..."
Entertainment Weekly - 03/12/1999
"...A romance of exuberant theatricality and wit....Infused with the lifeblood of Shakespeare's passion..." -- Rating: A
USA Today - 12/24/1998
"...One of the year's smartest and funniest comedies..." -- 3 1/2 out of 4 stars
New York Times - 12/11/1998
"...It soars freely into the realm of invention, wittily weaving Shakespearean language and emotion into an intoxicatingly glamorous romance..."
Box Office - 01/01/1999
"...An inspired re-imagining of history and deft look at the relationship between art and life..."
Los Angeles Times - 12/11/1998
"...Smoothly executed....[Fiennes] has the burning eyes and brooding demeanor appropriate for a lover, and he and Paltrow, flourishing once again under a British accent and doing her best work since EMMA, have a winning chemistry..."

Product Description:

In this well-conceived Elizabethan comedy, writers Tom Stoppard and Marc Norman ask the question: Who was William Shakespeare's muse' The answer: Viola de Lesseps, a young noblewoman who dreams of acting on a man's stage. The screenwriters deliver a cleverly crafted scenario which beautifully illustrates both the early aspirations of the playwright, and a glimpse into the culture of Elizabethan theater. Colorful characters, like the Globe theater owner Henslow (played by Geoffrey Rush), the lead player in the troupe (Ben Affleck), and the Queen herself (Judi Dench), give the cast charm, wit, and feasibility. The young playwright who at the start of the film is experiencing writer's block bursts forth with a lyrical text inspired by the lovely and passionate Viola. Ultimately this film is about the making of a great play, but most importantly it is about the power of words.


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