All Is True

All Is True

DVD - 2019
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"The year is 1613, and Shakespeare is acknowledged as the greatest writer of the age. When his beloved Globe Theature is bruned to the ground, he decides to return to his hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon. There, he faces his neglected family. Still haunted by the death of his only son, Hamnet, he struggles to mend broken relationships with his wife, Anne and daughters. In so doing, he is forced to examine his own failings as an absent husband and father. In the search for peace, he must also finally confront the dark heart of his family's secrets and lies." --container.
Publisher: Culver City, California : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [2019]
Edition: Widescreen version
ISBN: 9786317864146
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (circa 101 min.) :,sound, colour ;,12 cm
digital, optical, surround, rda, Dolby digital 5.1.
NTSC, rda.
video file, region 1, rda, DVD video.


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Apr 19, 2020

Well, some of it is true, at any rate.

The family scandals, for the most part, are true. The infatuation with the Earl of Southampton, is pure conjecture. His son's death by suicide, pure invention. Just type something like "All is true accuracy" and get the information with all the appropriate caveats.

Still, a solid melodrama with great acting by Branagh et al.

Mar 14, 2020

This is a film well worth watching. It explores Shakesphere as a man, focusing upon what is important to him in his later life. The story may be based on a combination of historical facts and screenplay liberties, but nevertheless, the film is beautiful visually with impressive acting.

Feb 23, 2020

Based on some of the known facts of Shakespeare's final years, Branagh speculates on what life might have been like for the bard after he returns to his family in Stratford, after long years of absence. Featuring a stellar cast including Judi Dench and Ian McKellen, this becomes an engrossing tale of family dynamics and overcoming past resentments in order to move forward. With beautiful settings and good attention to detail, I found this speculation to be a realistic satisfying story.

Feb 17, 2020

Slow-moving and unconvincing story. I was expecting more with such a wonderful cast.

Feb 05, 2020

Ben Elton, Kenneth Branagh and Judi Dench gave me a profoundly touching experience just when I needed something extraordinary. It made my jawbone ache with emotion, always an indicator for me of the poignant, the haunting, and essential experience I had till this evening not known was waiting to help me in my own journey.
In distant shots I kept mistaking Ken for David Mitchell from “Upstart Crow” and was fascinated to realise that Ben Elton wrote it. I have even greater esteem for his Shakespearean writings, and long may he continue exploring this world. It was so comfortable and reminiscent of the UC sets, that I really missed the clay pipes!
All that was missing was having Bill Bryson involved in some way in the Extra Features section, but nevertheless it was perfection.

Jan 17, 2020

I’m not a Branaugh fan, but this worked for me. Monsieur Shakespeare as retired playwright and decent stick, respected for his accomplishments and enough poetry in his soul to appreciate interesting aspects to his family life. The scene where Dench as the Mrs. demonstrates she’s learned to write her name occasions verse quotations about Titania the fairy queen: Could this have been tribute to the 1968 film ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ with Judi D. as Titania herself? If not, what were they thinking? ‘True’ aims at wistful and poignant rather than humorous, and does what it intends.

Vilka Jan 03, 2020

Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench, and Ian McKellen give good performances in this love letter to Shakespeare, telling the story of his later years, after he stopped writing and returned home and finally had to face all the family issues he'd left in the countryside for years. The film takes recorded facts and reads between the lines to portray the legendary Bard (and his older wife, and even giving life to his little-known daughters) as a very human person haunted by very human hang-ups and insecurities. It gets you right in the feels by the end.
Interesting extras discuss many of the real-life scandals and speculations about the Bard's private life. A good film for fans of family drama, historical films, celebrity stories, or Shakespeare himself!

Dec 28, 2019

6.2 about shakespeare last days

Dec 12, 2019

Wish we had this movie during the mandatory Shakespeare studies in secondary school English classes!
Totally understand the one offspring's frustration with her late twin (a boy). That was the society back then.

Dec 01, 2019

A most worthy tribute by our most celebrated Shakespeareans. A brief, incredible inference of a gay thing - no film or TV series today is complete without it - McKellen has been esp insistent on the fiction of Shakespeare's bisexuality - but the acting is so good, it fails to rankle. Here for a welcome change are characters we can like. Patrick Doyle's score is unsurprisingly sublime.

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Sep 04, 2019

Good night, husband. Twenty years, Will. We've seen you less and less. To us, you're a guest, and a guest must have the best bed.
I always thought he'd end his life in London. It's where he lived.
Doesn't matter where he lived or dies. All that matters is who will be his heir.
So why are you come home, hmm? No more stories left to write?
-Susanna, I've lived so long in imaginary worlds, I think I've lost sight of what is real, what is true.
Your father's mind is on his legacy.
-Your mind is on his legacy.
And therefore must be yours. I'm your husband, and what concerns me concerns you.
A husband, children for companionship, comfort.
-Perhaps she sees that marriage may not bring you either.
Oh. Oh, is that it, Judith? Is that it? You've seen your mother's misery, and you thought, "I'll be a spinster rather than get shackled to some man who neglects me."

Sep 04, 2019

I thought you meant real business. Like building, owning and operating. London's largest theater, for instance. Actors, carpenters, seamstresses, crew to pay, bribes to pay, security to mount, politics to navigate, 3000 paying customers to be fed and watered every afternoon, each promised a spectacle greater than the last. One hundred and seventy Royal Command Performances for our queen and our king. Have you considered the logistics of mounting the Battle of Shrewsbury in the banqueting hall at Hampton Court? Please don't. It would make you so tired. And yet, in all the years that I have run my vast, complex and spectacularly successful business, Thomas, I have indeed found the time to think and to write down the pretty thoughts you mention and which, in my experience, bring immense pleasure to those who seek mere diversion or respite from this veil of tears, without which, it would all be about as pointless as... Well, about as pointless as you, Sir Thomas.

Sep 04, 2019

A garden ain't a play.
-Yes, but play, garden, loaf... Like the ones you bake every morning. All of them begin with an idea from a compulsion to create something of beauty or of need. Bread begins with yeast and flour. Exactly. Ingredients. Now you're getting me. Bushes, brambles, yeast, flour versus players, and they all need a dream which will not be denied, and which must weather all kinds of adversity because the weather will turn, the bugs will infest, the oven will cool, the yeast will sour, and in my case, your fellow workers, heh, like a brilliant lunatic actor called Dick Burbage, will interfere, and they will demand a bigger show for a smaller budget, and a shorter play with a much longer part for him, and all of these trials must be overcome without ever losing sight of the dream itself.

And what does it feel like when all of that works?
-Well, what does freshly baked bread smell like?

Sep 04, 2019

At last, given up on your plays to distract the mob from our Lord.
-Does the lark song distract you from your God, John?
Of course not. It is evidence of God.
-Ah. Well, then, perhaps for some, I was the lark.
You spent so long putting words into other people's mouths, you think it only matters what is said.
Did she seek comfort elsewhere?
-Susanna's a God-fearing woman. She would not betray her husband.
Well, maybe it isn't a betrayal.
Well, maybe he told her to do it. Well, it's a thought, isn't it?
--And frankly, Father, if you got a grandson by it, would you care if it were true?
-I care that Susanna is free from slander. That, you may be sure, is true.

Nothing is ever true.
If you want to be a writer, then speak to others and for others. Speak first for yourself. Search within. Consider the contents of your own soul, your humanity. And if you're honest with yourself, then whatever you write, all is true.

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