A Midwinter's Tale

A Midwinter's Tale

DVD - 2010
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To be or not to be? To act or not to act? The questions are the same to Joe, a struggling (jobless) actor whose every sinew and synapse cries out to perform and to soften the blow of not landing a part in a mega budget sci-fi movie. So in the stalwart (desperate) tradition of actors everywhere, Joe vows to put on a show, a special (even more desperate) version of the greatest play in the English tongue.
Publisher: [United States] : Castle Rock Entertainment : Warner Bros. Entertainment ; Burbank, Calif. : Distributed by Warner Home Video, 2010
Branch Call Number: MIDWINTE TALE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (99 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in


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Nov 30, 2016

You might not care for this movie if you've never read *Hamlet*, participated in shoestring-budget theatre, or don't like British humor.

Even if you *don't* like those things in general, this movie is hysterical. Every actor is convincing, especially the wonderful Julia Sawalha. It's a comedy of theatrical manners (and mannerisms) -- a first-rate backstage story.

Jennifer Saunder's brief appearance at the end is particularly hilarious. I never knew she did impersonations. This one is so spot-on, I had to rewind to find out what she had said. It took about 3 syllables for me to recognize her target, and I was laughing too loud at Saunders's perfection to absorb the actual words.

Wonderful movie. I'm so glad it's out on DVD!


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