Shakespeare In Love -Combination of Romantic Comedy and Shakespearean Tragedy
William Shakespeare once told us, "All the World’s a Stage" —and now his quote can be applied to his own life as it is portrayed in the recent film, Shakespeare In Love. This 1998 motion picture prospered with the creative scripting of Tom Stoppard and Marc Norman and direction of John Madden. The combined effort of these men, on top of many other elements, produced a film that can equally be enjoyed by the Shakespeare lover for its literary brilliance, or for the romantic viewer who wants to experience a passionate love story.
This movie begins in the year 1593 when there are two playhouses in London (The Curtain Theatre and The Rose Theatre) that are competing with one another for playwrights and audiences. The Rose Theatre hires Shakespeare (played by Joseph Fiennes) to write the comedy, "Romeo and Ethel the Pirate’s Daughter", in a drastic attempt to bring in some cash. William agrees to write this piece, but also offers it to the Curtain Theatre, seeing where it will be of more profit. The only trouble is, he is currently suffering a severe case of writer’s block that can only be cured by finding himself a muse.
The character of Viola (played by Gwyneth Paltrow) is first seen at The Curtain Theatre where she is captivated by the performance of Shakespeare’s "The Two Gentlemen of Verona," while the rest of the audience seems bored. She is currently being urged to marry Lord Wessex, but wants to marry for love. She wants to have real love, "love as there has never been in a play." She is inspired, however by the theatre and especially by the works of Shakespeare.
Will anxiously looks for the woman who will become his muse, and immediately. after seeing his fair Rosaline at The Curtain, he goes home and writes, now calling his play, "Romeo and Rosaline." He goes to deliver Scene I to The Curtain Theatre, only to find out that his fair Rosaline is somewhat of a harlot. He soon decides to hold auditions at The Rose Theatre. He doesn’t find a Romeo until the brave Viola shows up to the auditions, dressed as a man named Thomas Kent. Following the audition, Viola becomes afraid of being found out and runs away. Shakespeare runs after her-- up to her mansion where there is currently a party being held, and he asks to speak with Thomas Kent. At this party, Shakespeare becomes captivated by the beautiful Viola at the same time that her father is promising her to Lord Wessex. After seeing him dance with Viola, Lord Wessex chases Shakespeare away, but not before asking his name. Shakespeare is quick to tell him that his name is Christopher Marlowe, the name of the current playwright for The Curtain Theatre. Having found his muse, Shakespeare soon hands a complete script of Act I to his actors, now calling the play "Romeo and Juliet". He is in a blissful state until he receives a letter from Viola, telling that she must marry Lord Wessex. After a "man to man"...