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In search of Shakespeare

Author: Michael WoodDavid WallaceRebecca DobbsLeo EatonKrishan AroraAll authors
Publisher: [London] : Maya Vision International ; Alexandria, VA : Distributed by PBS Home Video, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : NTSC color broadcast system : English : WidescreenView all editions and formats
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This four-part series explores the life of the world's greatest and most famous writer. Mixing travel, adventure, interviews, documentary, and live action sequences with the Royal Shakespeare Company, it presents a biography of one Elizabethan: his life, family and friendships, triumphs and disasters, loves and his losses. Viewers see how Shakespeare's life and work were shaped by his times, how he created some of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Documentary television programs
Biographical television programs
Nonfiction television programs
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Biography
Chronology
Named Person: William Shakespeare
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Wood; David Wallace; Rebecca Dobbs; Leo Eaton; Krishan Arora; Gregory Doran; Howard Davidson; Royal Shakespeare Company.; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.; Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.); British Broadcasting Company.; Maya Vision International.; PBS Home Video.
ISBN: 0793696194 9780793696192
OCLC Number: 61501465
Language Note: Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.
Credits: Camera, Peter Harvey, David Scott, Jeff Baynes ; editor Gerry Branigan, Sally Hilton ; music composed and conducted by Howard Davidson, music performed by Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, counter tenor, William Purefoy, lutenist, Paula Chateauneuf ; Royal Shakespeare Company director, Gregory Doran ; research, Barbara Bouman.
Performer(s): Presented by Michael Wood; actors, Desmont Barrit, Ray Fearon, Julian Glover, Stephen Noonan, Jo Stone Fewings, Simon Trinder, Eddie Redmayne, Nancy Carroll, Alexandra Gilbreath, Gerald Kyd, Adrian Schiller, Malcolm Storry, Robert Whitelock, Terrence Maynard, Antony Sher, Harriet Walter, Estelle Kohler, Jane Lapotaire, Paul Merton, Lee Simpson.
Event notes: Originally produced for television broadcast on BBC in the United Kingdom in 2003.
Target Audience: MPAA rating: Not rated.
Description: 2 videodiscs (ca. 240 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD ; NTSC, region 1 ; Dolby Digital surround stereo.
Contents: Disc one. Part I Time of revolution (56 min.) --
Part II Lost years (56 min.); Special features: Additional scenes (23 min.); PBS online [text feature]. Disc two. Part III Duty of poets (56 min) --
Part IV For all time (56 min.).
Responsibility: PBS ; Maya Vision International ; written and presented by Michael Wood ; director, David Wallace ; producer, Rebecca Dobbs ; executive producer, Leo Eaton ; executive producer for BBC, Krishan Arora.

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This four-part series explores the life of the world's greatest and most famous writer. Mixing travel, adventure, interviews, documentary, and live action sequences with the Royal Shakespeare Company, it presents a biography of one Elizabethan: his life, family and friendships, triumphs and disasters, loves and his losses. Viewers see how Shakespeare's life and work were shaped by his times, how he created some of the greatest literature in the world, and why he is still loved. These films reveal how Shakespeare sums up English history--and the English character too--more than any other person. Decent, humane, open minded, tolerant, witty, bawdy, sexy, diffident, guarded, skeptical, wary of any political system, identifying himself with the "Other" in his great portrayals of black people, women, the poor, Jews-- even evil people--Shakespeare is an artist born out of turbulent times. But as his old friend, Ben Jonson said, "He was not of an age, but for all time."

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