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SHAKESPEARE CLASSICS

For students or lovers of Shakespeare, classic and contemporary interpretations of six works are being released by Columbia Tristar Home Video on February 4, 1998 at all major retail stores. (Note: Hamlet is the 1988 Shakespeare classic that HSC students will be studying)

HAMLET
Story: The story of the Prince of Denmark, Hamlet is visited by the ghost of his murdered father who tells him to kill his Uncle. Hamlet is torn between his desire to avenge his father’s death and his reluctance to shed blood.

Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Nicol Williamson, Marianne Faithful
Running time: 112 minutes
Genre: Shakespeare Classic
Censorship: G
RRP: $24.95
Catalogue Number: CST 10256

Note: Kenneth Branagh's epic drama will be available on February 17. (Abridged version - 2 hour; Director's Cut - 4 hour)

MACBETH
Story: Set in the middle ages during the time of continuous warfare, Macbeth is a savage tale of the crumbling off an obsessed man’s sanity and his moral disintegration.

Director: Roman Polanski
Running time: 135 minutes
Genre: Shakespeare Classic
Censorship: M
RRP: $24.95
Catalogue Number: CST 10668

KING LEAR
Story: Chronicles King Lear’s fall from nobility to pauperdom from being proud to a frenzy of madness and from manhood to senility.

Starring: Paul Schofield, Irene WebbRunning time: 132 minutes
Genre: Shakespeare Classic
Censorship: PG
RRP: $24.95
Catalogue Number: CST 10374

OTHELLO
Story: The story of how the great moor warrior, Othello, marries his pure and gentle love, Desdemona. Twisted by racial hatred and his bitterness over not being chosen as Othello’s second in command, Iago, Othello’s servant begins to plot the lovers’ downfall.

Starring: Laurence Fishburne, Kenneth Branagh, Irene Jacob
Running time: 124 minutes
Genre: Shakespeare Classic
Censorship: M
RRP: $24.95
Catalogue Number: CST 24497

TEMPEST
Story: Contemporary re-working of Shakespeare’s Tempest is a comedy about a consummate man riddled with guilt about all the professional and personal compromises he has made. He decides to desert his wife and flee with his daughter to a desolate Greek island where he attempts to piece back together his battered sense of morality and rebuild his dignity.

Director: Paul Mazurky
Running time: 136 minutes
Genre: Shakespeare Classic
Censorship: M
RRP: $24.95
Catalogue Number: CST 10143

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW
Story: Shakespeare’s comic look at male chauvinism and women’s liberation in the 16th century through the story of a husband who attempts to ‘tame’ his wife.

Starring: Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, Michael York
Running time: 117 minutes
Genre: Shakespeare Classic
Censorship: G
RRP: $24.95
Catalogue Number: CST 10015

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QUOTES FROM SHAKESPEARE'S WORKS

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HAMLET

"To be or not to be: that is the question: Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, Or to take arms against a sea of troubles, And by opposing end them? To die: to sleep; No more; and by a sleep to say we end The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks That flesh is heir to, ‘tis a consummation Devoutly to be wished. To die, to sleep; To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there’s the rub. For in that sleep of death what dreams may come When we have shuffled off this mortal coil, Must give us pause….."

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MACBETH

"I must become a borrower of the night For a dark hour or twain."

"To be thus is nothing; But to be safely thus"

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KING LEAR

"Nothing will come of nothing: speak again"

"I am too old to learn"

 

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OTHELLO

"We cannot all be masters"

"To mourn a mischief that is past and gone, Is the next way to draw new mischief on"

 

 

 

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TEMPEST

"My library Was dukedom large enough"

"Your tale, sir, would cure deafness"

 

 

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THE TAMING OF THE SHREW

"There’s small choice in rotten apples"

"Kiss me Kate"

"A woman moved is like a fountain troubled. Muddy, ill-seeming, thick, bereft of beauty"

 

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