/MEASURE FOR MEASURE/ (1979)
- Dvd Region: 2+4 Pal (UK & Europe)
- Certificate: PG
- Running Time: Approx. 149 minutes
- Type: Fullscreen
Originally Transmitted: 18th February 1979
- Dvd Release Date: 2005
- Released By: BBC Worldwide Ltd.
- Distributed By: DD Home Entertainment
- Format: Colour Dvd Pal
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English sdh
- Audio: Mono
- Format: 4:3
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In 1978, the BBC set itself the task of filming all of William Shakespeare’s plays for television.
The resulting productions, renowned for their loyalty to the text, utilised the best theatrical
and television directors and brought great performances from leading contemporary actors.
"Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall:
Some run from brakes of vice, and answer none,
And some condemned for fault alone."
The strict Angelo is
left in charge of Vienna when the Duke pretends to leave town.
Reviving and old law, Angelo sentences the young Claudio to death for premarital sex.
When Claudio’s sister, Isabella, pleads for his life, Angelo offers to spare him – in exchange for her virginity . . .
Shakespeare’s ‘dark’ comedy weaves between the
moral posts of lust, money and justice. Kenneth Colley
and Tim Piggott-Smith are excellent as the seemingly
cold and inscrutable Duke and Angelo, while Kate Nelligan’s Isabella moved the New York Times
to describe her as “the image of idealized faultlessness.”
"Of government the properties to unfold
Would seem in me t’affect speech and discourse,
Since I am put to know that your own science
Exceeds in that the lists of all advice . . . ”
Kate Nelligan Tim Piggott-Smith
In credits order
- Kenneth Colley ... Duke Vincentio
- Kate Nelligan ... Isabella
- Tim Pigott-Smith ... Angelo
- Christopher Strauli ... Claudio
- John McEnery ... Lucio
- Jacqueline Pearce ... Mariana
- Frank Middlemass ... Pompey
- Alun Armstrong ... Provost
- Adrienne Corri ... Mistress Overdone
- Ellis Jones ... Elbow
- John Clegg ... Froth
- William Sleigh ... Barnardine
- Neil McCarthy ... Abhorson
- Yolanda Vazquez ... Juliet
- Eileen Page ... Francisca
- Kevin Stoney ... Escalus
- Godfrey Jackman ... Friar Thomas
- Alan Tucker ... First Gentleman
- John Abbott ... Second Gentleman
- David Browning ... A Justice
- Geoffrey Cousins ... Servant
- David King Lassman ... Pageboy
- Tony Friel
- Harry Jones
- John Sarbutt
- Nicholas Tudor
- Director: Desmond Davis
- Produced: Cedric Messina
- Adapted: William Shakespeare’s original play
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Hys Most Excellent and
ABOUT MEASURE FOR MEASURE
From a plot that revolves around a man condemned to death for
fornication and a novice nun’s defence of her chastity
against a corrupt judge emerges a forceful and extraordinarily modern production . . .
A brilliant cast clear away the sheer complexity of the plot in a production of “permanent, trail blazing value”.
First printed in the 1623 folio, and performed at court on 26th December 1604 . . .
The text has undergone changes by hands other than Shakespeare’ – perhaps Thomas Middleton,
to judge by the style – The story of a woman who, in seeking to save the life of a male relative,
arouses the lust of the man in authority was an ancient one that featured in mid sixteenth century literature . . .
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