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All the World's a Screen - Shakespeare on Film 

An exploration into the history of Shakespeare's plays, from the silent era to the modern day featuring archive interviews with movie directors including Laurence Olivier, Orson Welles, Franco Zeffirelli, Kenneth Branagh and more.

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David Thompson
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Episode credited cast:
Kenneth Branagh ... Himself (archive footage)
Peter Brook ... Himself (archive footage)
George Cukor ... Himself (archive footage)
Akira Kurosawa ... Himself (archive footage)
Baz Luhrmann ... Himself (archive footage)
Laurence Olivier ... Himself (archive footage)
Roman Polanski ... Himself (archive footage)
Orson Welles ... Himself (archive footage)
Penelope Wilton ... Herself - Narrator
Franco Zeffirelli ... Himself (archive footage)
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An exploration into the history of Shakespeare's plays, from the silent era to the modern day featuring archive interviews with movie directors including Laurence Olivier, Orson Welles, Franco Zeffirelli, Kenneth Branagh and more.

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UK

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English

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24 April 2016 (UK) See more »

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Illuminations Films See more »
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Familiar Litany of Shakespearean Films Livened up by Archive Footage
17 May 2016 | by l_rawjalaurenceSee all my reviews

David Thompson's documentary states its claim from the outset: Shakespeare films only established themselves on screen following Olivier's version of HENRY V (1944). Granted, there had been several versions before then, both on silent as well as sound film, but they all failed to capture the Bard's universality and render it interesting for all types of audience.

The claim might be contentious, but it provides a justification for a documentary whose principal interest lies in the archive footage of directors and actors talking about their work. The roll-call of performers is a distinguished one: Olivier, Kenneth Branagh, Peter Brook, Akira Kurosawa, Grigori Kozintsev, George Cukor, Roman Polanski, Baz Luhrmann, Franco Zeffirelli and Orson Welles.

In truth the narrative is a little pedestrian, with Penelope Wilton trying to sound magisterial. But nonetheless it's refreshing to see clips from so many different Shakespeare movies, ranging from the early silent films of the twentieth century to the global Shakespeare adaptations of recent years, from India, China, Finland as well as the United States and Great Britain.


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