Cultural Opportunity - Movie

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

For my movie cultural opportunity, I watched the film Shakespeare in Love. I chose this particular movie because it was one of only two that I had heard of on the list provided to the class, but I had never seen it before. I looked it up and it apparently won Best Picture, so I thought it might be worth checking it out. I also just recently saw a Shakespeare play (The Tempest) and read some of Shakespeare's poetry, so I thought it would be a good follow up to my previous exposure to Shakespeare, even though the film is not based on historical fact.

Even so, I found the film to be an interesting window into the time period, and to a sequence of events that could have taken place. The movie made Shakespeare more human to me. It is a little silly to me when I think about it, because of course Shakespeare was a human like us, but all I had ever really experienced from him was the impressive and elegant words of long ago or paintings of a stiff man dressed in fancy clothes from the 1500’s. Most people today are somewhat familiar with his name, which holds a certain kind of awe within itself. Therefore, it was cool to see Shakespeare portrayed as a mere young man and a poor playwright just trying to make something out of himself. The movie shows him go through an emotional roller coaster ride in this movie, as he gets frustrated with his work, falls in love, or feels heartbreak. The scenes in which strong emotion, sometimes devastation, showed through made Shakespeare appear much more humanized than what I had previously considered him to be.

The movie was also a peek into what it was like to live in Shakespeare’s days. As a woman, I don’t know if I would have liked it much, since women were sometimes basically forced to marry a man they did not love, which is what happened to the woman Shakespeare loved. I also could see their culture in the way the characters dressed and spoke, and the structure of the towns they lived in.

Overall, I am glad that I watched this movie because it gave me a new and humanized perspective of Shakespeare and the world he lived in. I also had always been curious about this movie since I had heard about it, so now I know what it’s about!
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