History Film / ShakespeareInLove

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* BecomingTheMask: Hugh Fennyman is originally only interested in the play's success to recoup some of the money Henslowe owes him. Given a small part as an apothecary he becomes obsessed with it and forgets why he allowed the play to go on.
17th Jan '17 6:58:31 PM Fireblood
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* AnachronismStew: The film does not hesitate to throw historical accuracy out the window [[RuleOfFunny if they can sneak in a joke]] about the modern studio system. Standouts are Shakespeare's visit to Dr Monk (poking fun at modern psychiatrists), and the audition scene (Elizabethan companies of players didn't do this, although they do make the excuse that the normal troupe is still coming back from a country tour and is running late).
* AristocratsAreEvil: Played with; by the standards of the time, [[DeliberateValuesDissonance the Earl of Wessex was in the right to act as he did, considering Lady Viola, who was betrothed to him, lost her maidenhead to a playwright.]]
* [[ArtisticLicenseFilmProduction Artistic License - Theatrical Production]]: In the PlayWithinAPlay, there are a few instances of staging that work great on film, but would be really poor choices on stage -- let alone in an open-air theater with no amplification. A glaring example: during Mercutio's death scene, he sinks against a pillar, then Romeo upstages him, back to the audience, and Mercutio growls his FamousLastWords in a near-whisper, which shouldn't have been heard by anyone past the first row of groundlings.

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* AnachronismStew: The film does not hesitate to throw historical accuracy out the window [[RuleOfFunny if they can sneak in a joke]] about the modern studio system. Standouts are Shakespeare's visit to Dr Dr. Monk (poking fun at modern psychiatrists), and the audition scene (Elizabethan companies of players didn't do this, although they do make the excuse that the normal troupe is still coming back from a country tour and is running late).
* AristocratsAreEvil: Played with; {{Played with}}; by the standards of the time, [[DeliberateValuesDissonance the Earl of Wessex was in the right to act as he did, considering Lady Viola, who was betrothed to him, lost her maidenhead to a playwright.]]
* [[ArtisticLicenseFilmProduction Artistic License - Theatrical Production]]: In the PlayWithinAPlay, there are a few instances of staging that work great on film, but would be really poor choices on stage -- let alone in an open-air theater with no amplification. A glaring example: during Mercutio's death scene, he sinks against a pillar, then Romeo upstages him, back to the audience, and Mercutio growls his FamousLastWords in a near-whisper, which shouldn't have been heard by anyone past the first row of groundlings.
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** The real Shakespeare definitely didn't make the plot of ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'' up as he went along since - as is the case with pretty much ''all'' of his work - he was adapting pre-existing poems, stories or historical records for the stage; in this case he used ''The Tragical History of Romeus and Juliet.''

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** The real Shakespeare definitely didn't make the plot of ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'' up as he went along since - as is the case with pretty much ''all'' of his work - he was adapting pre-existing preexisting poems, stories or historical records for the stage; in this case he used ''The Tragical History of Romeus and Juliet.''



* [[ArtisticLicenseFilmProduction Artistic License - Theatrical Production]]: In the PlayWithinAPlay, there are a few instances of staging that work great on film, but would be really poor choices on stage -- let alone in an open-air theater with no amplification. A glaring example: during Mercutio's death scene, he sinks against a pillar, then Romeo upstages him, back to the audience, and Mercutio growls his FamousLastWords in a near-whisper, which shouldn't have been heard by anyone past the first row of groundlings.



* CoitusUninterruptus: Probably more realistic than most modern examples, as back in the day notions of privacy (especially among the lower classes, which certainly included actors) were... different. (Read: almost non-existent.) Regardless, it doesn't last.

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* CoitusUninterruptus: Probably more realistic than most modern examples, as back in the day notions of privacy (especially among the lower classes, which certainly included actors) were... different. (Read: different (read: almost non-existent.) non-existent). Regardless, it doesn't last.



* CreatorBreakdown: In-universe. Will turns the play from a comedy into an outright tragedy once he realises that he and Viola can never be together.

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* CreatorBreakdown: In-universe. Will turns the play from a comedy into an outright tragedy once he realises realizes that he and Viola can never be together.



* DidNotGetTheGirl: History - and the film itself - tells us that Shakespeare married a woman named Anne Hathaway ([[Creator/AnneHathaway not that one]][[note]]Though that's who she's named after[[/note]]), so viewers [[DoomedByCanon shouldn't get their hopes up]].

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* DidNotGetTheGirl: History - and the film itself - tells us that Shakespeare married a woman named Anne Hathaway ([[Creator/AnneHathaway not that one]][[note]]Though one]],[[note]]Though that's who she's named after[[/note]]), after[[/note]]) so viewers [[DoomedByCanon shouldn't get their hopes up]].



* EnemyMine: Shakespeare and Richard Burbage put aside their rivalry when Burbage offers Shakespeare's players the use of the Curtain theatre, saying that as theater people they should stand up to the Master of the Revels.

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* EnemyMine: Shakespeare and Richard Burbage put aside their rivalry when Burbage offers Shakespeare's players the use of the Curtain theatre, theater, saying that as theater people they should stand up to the Master of the Revels.



* HeelFaceTurn: Fennyman starts the film as a greedy moneylender but becomes enamoured by the theatre and is overjoyed to be given a small part as the Apothecary.

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* HeelFaceTurn: Fennyman starts the film as a greedy moneylender moneylender, but becomes enamoured enamored by the theatre theater and is overjoyed to be given a small part as the Apothecary.



* HistoricalPersonPunchline: The boy who wants to write violent plays is actually ''John Webster.'' (For clarification, he'll eventually write ''The Duchess of Malfi'' and ''The White Devil,'' both considered quite dark and macabre works with plenty of gruesome deaths.)

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* HistoricalPersonPunchline: The boy who wants to write violent plays is actually ''John Webster.'' (For Webster'' (for clarification, he'll eventually write ''The Duchess of Malfi'' and ''The White Devil,'' both considered quite dark and macabre works with plenty of gruesome deaths.)deaths).



'''Dr. Moth''': Tell me, are you lately humbled in the act of love? How long has it been?\\
'''Will''': A goodly length, in times past, but, lately...

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'''Dr. Moth''': Tell me, are you lately humbled lately...''humbled''...in the act of love? How long has it been?\\
'''Will''': A goodly length, in times past, but, but lately...



* LoanShark: The movie opens with Fennyman the Moneylender torturing the owner of the Rose for his unpaid debts. He ends up being enamoured of the theatre.

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* LoanShark: The movie opens with Fennyman the Moneylender moneylender torturing the owner of the Rose for his unpaid debts. He ends up being enamoured enamored of the theatre.theater.



** The scene where Shakespeare learns the truth behind [[spoiler:Marlowe's death. He holds Wessex at knifepoint and loudly proclaims him to be Marlowe's murderer... only to be informed that Marlowe actually died in a bar fight over his tab, after getting [[EyeScream a knife through the eye]].]]

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** The scene where Shakespeare learns the truth behind [[spoiler:Marlowe's death. He holds Wessex at knifepoint and loudly proclaims him to be Marlowe's murderer... only to be informed that Marlowe actually died in a bar fight over his tab, after getting [[EyeScream a his own knife through the eye]].]]



* RichSuitorPoorSuitor: Struggling playwright Shakespeare vs. Lord Wessex (who isn't actually ''rich'' - that's why he's marrying Viola in the first place - but has the noble name to back himself up.) [[spoiler:Wessex inevitably 'wins.']]

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* RichSuitorPoorSuitor: Struggling playwright Shakespeare vs. Lord Wessex (who isn't actually ''rich'' - that's why he's marrying Viola in the first place - but has the noble name to back himself up.) up). [[spoiler:Wessex inevitably 'wins.']]



* {{Sexposition}}: An early scene with the theatre manager has him discussing the staging of the play while having energetic sex with a prostitute. As with many instances of Sexposition, this one overlaps with CoitusUninterruptus.

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* {{Sexposition}}: An early scene with the theatre theater manager has him discussing the staging of the play while having energetic sex with a prostitute. As with many instances of Sexposition, this one overlaps with CoitusUninterruptus.



* SpannerInTheWorks: Two, in fact; [[spoiler: Elizabeth I snidely informs Lord Wessex that Viola has [[VirginVision "been plucked since I saw her last, and not by you"]] and John Webster spies Shakespeare and Viola kissing and later squeals on them to Mr Tilney.]]

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* SpannerInTheWorks: Two, in fact; [[spoiler: Elizabeth I snidely informs Lord Wessex that Viola has [[VirginVision "been plucked since I saw her last, and not by you"]] and John Webster spies Shakespeare and Viola kissing and later squeals on them to Mr Mr. Tilney.]]



* VirginVision: The Queen has it, unfortunately. As she tells Lord Wessex.
--> "She's been plucked already. And not by you."

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* VirginVision: The Queen has it, unfortunately. As she tells Lord Wessex.
Wessex:
--> "She's been plucked already. And since I saw her last, and not by you."



* WritersBlockMontage: Played with. Our first shot of Will sees him busily and confidently scribbling away, and we cut to his paper to see that he's just trying out different signatures over and over (A HistoricalInJoke on the famously inconsistent signatures we have records of.) However, he ''does'' crumple up a sheet of parchment and toss it away moodily - only for it to land next to a very {{Hamlet}}-esque skull.

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* WritersBlockMontage: Played with. Our first shot of Will sees him busily and confidently scribbling away, and we cut to his paper to see that he's just trying out different signatures over and over (A (a HistoricalInJoke on the famously inconsistent signatures we have records of.) of). However, he ''does'' crumple up a sheet of parchment and toss it away moodily - only for it to land next to a very {{Hamlet}}-esque skull.
15th Jan '17 10:02:01 AM Mdumas43073
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The ShakespeareInFiction RomanticComedy that won Best Picture of 1998 at the UsefulNotes/{{Academy Award}}s, surprising all those who were backing ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan''. To some, it's one of the greatest {{award snub}}s in the history of the Oscars. To others, it's a blessed relief from the Academy's usual insistence that TrueArtIsAngsty, and a very intelligent and fun romp through a not-quite-accurate Elizabethan England. Creator/TomStoppard's script is witty and wise, and all of the cast (including Creator/GwynethPaltrow, Creator/JosephFiennes, Creator/GeoffreyRush, Creator/ColinFirth, Creator/BenAffleck, and Creator/JudiDench) are at the top of their game.

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The ShakespeareInFiction RomanticComedy that won Best Picture of 1998 at the UsefulNotes/{{Academy Award}}s, surprising all those who were backing ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan''. To some, it's one of the greatest {{award snub}}s in the history of the Oscars. To others, it's a blessed relief from the Academy's usual insistence that TrueArtIsAngsty, and a very intelligent and fun romp through a not-quite-accurate Elizabethan England. Creator/TomStoppard's script is witty and wise, and all of the cast (including (led by Creator/GwynethPaltrow, Creator/JosephFiennes, Creator/GeoffreyRush, Creator/ColinFirth, Creator/BenAffleck, and Creator/JudiDench) are at the top of their game.
15th Jan '17 10:00:08 AM Mdumas43073
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The ShakespeareInFiction RomanticComedy that won Best Picture of 1998 at the UsefulNotes/{{Academy Award}}s, surprising all those who were backing ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan''. To some, it's one of the greatest {{award snub}}s in the history of the Oscars. To others, it's a blessed relief from the Academy's usual insistence that TrueArtIsAngsty, and a very intelligent and fun romp through a not-quite-accurate Elizabethan England. Creator/TomStoppard's script is witty and wise, and all of the cast are at the top of their game, especially Creator/GwynethPaltrow as Viola.

Meet Creator/WilliamShakespeare (Creator/JosephFiennes), aspiring playwright who can't find the inspiration to write another ScrewballComedy, and works for a theater that needs money, badly. In the bed of his mistress, Rosaline, he tries to find inspiration for a comedy titled ''[[RomeoAndJuliet Romeo and Ethel the Pirate's Daughter]]''. Meanwhile, Viola De Lesseps (Paltrow), a noblewoman engaged to marry an entrepreneur in the Americas, dreams of the stage but is frustrated, because women are banned from the boards. However, she goes out to audition anyway, dressed up as a boy, and is astounded when she gets the part... of [[WholesomeCrossdresser Romeo]]. Tension soon erupts between her and the suddenly single Will, and [[HilarityEnsues Hilarity, Angst, Secrecy, and a Little Sex Ensue.]] Much like a Shakespeare comedy, you might say.

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The ShakespeareInFiction RomanticComedy that won Best Picture of 1998 at the UsefulNotes/{{Academy Award}}s, surprising all those who were backing ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan''. To some, it's one of the greatest {{award snub}}s in the history of the Oscars. To others, it's a blessed relief from the Academy's usual insistence that TrueArtIsAngsty, and a very intelligent and fun romp through a not-quite-accurate Elizabethan England. Creator/TomStoppard's script is witty and wise, and all of the cast (including Creator/GwynethPaltrow, Creator/JosephFiennes, Creator/GeoffreyRush, Creator/ColinFirth, Creator/BenAffleck, and Creator/JudiDench) are at the top of their game, especially Creator/GwynethPaltrow as Viola.

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Meet Creator/WilliamShakespeare (Creator/JosephFiennes), (Fiennes), aspiring playwright who can't find the inspiration to write another ScrewballComedy, and works for a theater that needs money, badly. In the bed of his mistress, Rosaline, he tries to find inspiration for a comedy titled ''[[RomeoAndJuliet Romeo and Ethel the Pirate's Daughter]]''. Meanwhile, Viola De Lesseps (Paltrow), a noblewoman engaged to marry an entrepreneur in the Americas, dreams of the stage but is frustrated, because women are banned from the boards. However, she goes out to audition anyway, dressed up as a boy, and is astounded when she gets the part... of [[WholesomeCrossdresser Romeo]]. Tension soon erupts between her and the suddenly single Will, and [[HilarityEnsues Hilarity, Angst, Secrecy, and a Little Sex Ensue.]] Much like a Shakespeare comedy, you might say.
15th Jan '17 9:56:29 AM Mdumas43073
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The ShakespeareInFiction RomanticComedy that won Best Picture of 1998 at the UsefulNotes/{{Academy Award}}s, surprising all those who were backing ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan''. To some, it's one of the greatest {{award snub}}s in the history of the Oscars. To others, it's a blessed relief from the Academy's usual insistence that TrueArtIsAngsty, and a very intelligent and fun romp through a not-quite-accurate Elizabethan England. Creator/TomStoppard's script is witty and wise, and all of the cast, especially Creator/GwynethPaltrow as Viola, is at the top of their game.

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The ShakespeareInFiction RomanticComedy that won Best Picture of 1998 at the UsefulNotes/{{Academy Award}}s, surprising all those who were backing ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan''. To some, it's one of the greatest {{award snub}}s in the history of the Oscars. To others, it's a blessed relief from the Academy's usual insistence that TrueArtIsAngsty, and a very intelligent and fun romp through a not-quite-accurate Elizabethan England. Creator/TomStoppard's script is witty and wise, and all of the cast, cast are at the top of their game, especially Creator/GwynethPaltrow as Viola, is at the top of their game.Viola.
15th Jan '17 9:55:20 AM Mdumas43073
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The ShakespeareInFiction RomanticComedy that won Best Picture of 1998 at the UsefulNotes/{{Academy Award}}s, surprising all those who were backing ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan''. To some, it's one of the greatest {{award snub}}s in the history of the Oscars. To others, it's a blessed relief from the Oscar's usual insistence that TrueArtIsAngsty, and a very intelligent and fun romp through a not-quite-accurate Elizabethan England. Creator/TomStoppard's script is witty and wise, and all of the cast, especially Creator/GwynethPaltrow as Viola, is at the top of their game.

to:

The ShakespeareInFiction RomanticComedy that won Best Picture of 1998 at the UsefulNotes/{{Academy Award}}s, surprising all those who were backing ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan''. To some, it's one of the greatest {{award snub}}s in the history of the Oscars. To others, it's a blessed relief from the Oscar's Academy's usual insistence that TrueArtIsAngsty, and a very intelligent and fun romp through a not-quite-accurate Elizabethan England. Creator/TomStoppard's script is witty and wise, and all of the cast, especially Creator/GwynethPaltrow as Viola, is at the top of their game.
15th Jan '17 9:54:11 AM Mdumas43073
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The ShakespeareInFiction RomanticComedy that won Best Picture of 1998 at the UsefulNotes/{{Academy Award}}s, surprising all those who were backing ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan''. To some, it's one of the greatest {{award snub}}s in the history of the Oscars. To others, it's a blessed relief from the Oscar's usual insistence that TrueArtIsAngsty, a very intelligent and fun romp through a not-quite-accurate Elizabethan England. Creator/TomStoppard's script is witty and wise, and all of the cast, especially Creator/GwynethPaltrow as Viola, is at the top of their game.

to:

The ShakespeareInFiction RomanticComedy that won Best Picture of 1998 at the UsefulNotes/{{Academy Award}}s, surprising all those who were backing ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan''. To some, it's one of the greatest {{award snub}}s in the history of the Oscars. To others, it's a blessed relief from the Oscar's usual insistence that TrueArtIsAngsty, and a very intelligent and fun romp through a not-quite-accurate Elizabethan England. Creator/TomStoppard's script is witty and wise, and all of the cast, especially Creator/GwynethPaltrow as Viola, is at the top of their game.
15th Jan '17 9:31:49 AM Mdumas43073
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Meet Creator/WilliamShakespeare (Creator/JosephFiennes), aspiring playwright who can't find the inspiration to write another ScrewballComedy, and works for a theater that needs money, badly. In the bed of his mistress, Rosaline, he tries to find inspiration for a comedy titled ''[[RomeoAndJuliet Romeo and Ethel the Pirate's Daughter]]''. Meanwhile, Viola De Lesseps (Creator/GwynethPaltrow), a noblewoman engaged to marry an entrepreneur in the Americas, dreams of the stage but is frustrated, because women are banned from the boards. However, she goes out to audition anyway, dressed up as a boy, and is astounded when she gets the part... of [[WholesomeCrossdresser Romeo]]. Tension soon erupts between her and the suddenly single Will, and [[HilarityEnsues Hilarity, Angst, Secrecy, and a Little Sex Ensue.]] Much like a Shakespeare comedy, you might say.

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Meet Creator/WilliamShakespeare (Creator/JosephFiennes), aspiring playwright who can't find the inspiration to write another ScrewballComedy, and works for a theater that needs money, badly. In the bed of his mistress, Rosaline, he tries to find inspiration for a comedy titled ''[[RomeoAndJuliet Romeo and Ethel the Pirate's Daughter]]''. Meanwhile, Viola De Lesseps (Creator/GwynethPaltrow), (Paltrow), a noblewoman engaged to marry an entrepreneur in the Americas, dreams of the stage but is frustrated, because women are banned from the boards. However, she goes out to audition anyway, dressed up as a boy, and is astounded when she gets the part... of [[WholesomeCrossdresser Romeo]]. Tension soon erupts between her and the suddenly single Will, and [[HilarityEnsues Hilarity, Angst, Secrecy, and a Little Sex Ensue.]] Much like a Shakespeare comedy, you might say.
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* BiographyAClef: While not the first film or first fictional take on Shakespeare to feature this trope, it was certainly a TropeCodifier in the mainstream. It more or less presents hypothetical analogues to some of the fictional characters and figures that would eventually appear in the Bard's plays, namely Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet and Theatre/TwelfthNight.
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