Shakespeare in Italy (DVD)
Explore the bard's love affair with Italy in this bewitching two-part series hosted by renowned author and historian Francesco Da Mosto.
Bringing a fresh eye to the settings of some of the writer's classic plays, the series journeys across length and breadth of Italy, exploring breath-taking locations, debunking myths and bringing into focus how important the great country was to the playwright. Da Mosto examines how Italy was also a source of inspiration to the bard and somewhere that he could use as a 'decoy setting' for his controversial views on London society during the Elizabethan era.
From Caesar's streets in Rome to Juliet's balcony in Verona, Francesco Da Mosto delivers a charming and insightful look at a little known side of the bard and his work.
Did You Know?
• Shakespeare set a third of all his plays in Italy and is seen by some Italian academics as the person responsible for creating the perception that the country is the land of love
• Much has been written about the bard's lost years between 1585 and 1592; Da Mosto believes that Shakespeare spent this time in Italy with his lover, Emilia Bassano
• The series features interviews with actors Emma Thompson, Mark Rylance and Ciaran Hinds.
What's In The Box?
• Two discs with a 120 minute running time.
Nowhere fired Shakespeare’s Imagination quite like Italy. But as Francesco Da Mosto argues in this new two part series, Italian cities meant far more to our greatest author than just a sunlit setting.
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