The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus.
Thursday, February 14 (7:30 p.m.)
Shakespeare in Love (Miramax, 1998 – rated R*)
This historical romantic comedy speculates about where the young William Shakespeare (Joseph Fiennes), who is short on cash and ideas, finds inspiration for one of his best-known works, “Romeo and Juliet.” Much credit is given to the playwright’s growing love for the fictional Viola (Gwyneth Paltrow), a woman of means striving to find her place in a world governed by men. Directed by John Madden and written by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard, Shakespeare in Love was a hit with audiences and critics alike. Janet Maslin wrote in her New York Times review, “Galvanized by the near-total absence of biographical data, it soars freely into the realm of invention, wittily weaving Shakespearean language and emotion into an intoxicatingly glamorous romance.” Among its many accolades, the film won seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actress (Gwyneth Paltrow), Best Supporting Actress (Judi Dench as Queen Elizabeth I), and Best Original Screenplay. * No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian. 35mm archival film print. 123 min.
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