Shakespeare in Love

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Universal Pictures and Bedford Falls Productions Released 1998

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Director:
John Madden
Released:
1998
Rating:
R

Shakespeare in Love is a 1998 romantic comedy movie depicting a fictional relationship between William Shakespeare (Joseph Fiennes), author of poems and plays, and a wealthy merchantaes daughter, Viola de Lesseps (Gwyneth Paltrow). Shakespeare is in the process of creating a play that came to be one of his most famous- Romeo and Juliet. Originally he is inspired by the heartbreak caused when his lover cheats on him with his patron, determined to create a tragedy instead of the comedy he had previously been working on. Viola auditions, posing as Thomas Kent, and she is cast as Romeo. When Shakespeare discovers her identity, they begin a secret affair that parallels that of Romeo and Juliet. Viola is promised to Lord Wessex (Colin Firth), and Shakespeare is married but long separated, and the two know there can be no happy ending for them. Edmund Tinley (Simon Callow), who is in charge of England's theaters under the Queen, learns that a woman is in the play, and shuts down the Rose Theater were it was to be staged. A rival theater opens its doors to Romeo and Juliet, but the play is taking place on Viola's wedding day. Her nurse sneaks her away to see it, and a twist of fate has Viola taking the place of the actor playing Juliet, and Shakespeare himself stepped in to replace her as Romeo. Their connection on stage is so palpable that the play succeeds in portraying true love, and the Queen, who attended the play in disguise, agrees. With this turn of events, they are able to be together on stage even if their union is never to be realized in the real world.

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Comedy, Drama

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alternate history, forbidden love, feel good comedy, Love & Romance, gender roles