When three witches tell Macbeth that he is destined to occupy the throne of Scotland, he and his wife choose to become the instruments of their fate and to kill the first man standing in their path, the virtuous King Duncan. But to maintain his position, Macbeth must keep on killing - first Banquo, his old comrade-in-arms; then, as the atmosphere of guilt and paranoia thickens, anyone who seems to threaten his tyrant's crown. From its mesmerising first moments to the last fulfilment of the witches' prophecy, Shakespeare's gripping account of the profoundest engagement with the forces of evil enthrals the imagination.
Jim Morrison is best known as the lead singer of Los Angeles rock band The Doors. But Morrison always considered himself a poet first and a rock star second. Born in 1943, he was a by-product of the beat generation of the late 1950s. This program meets with legendary beat poets Michael Horovitz and Michael McClure, as well as Pete Brown of 1960s British rock group Cream, to discover more about the movement and the influence it had on the burgeoning tide of rock and roll, and, more specifically, on Jim Morrison. The writers discuss their admiration and respect for Morrison's talent as a poet and writer, while new interviews offer revelations about Morrison's death at just 27.
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Self-denial is in fashion at the court of Navarre where the young King and three of his courtiers solemnly forswear all pleasures in favour of serious study. But the Princess of France and her all-too-lovely entourage have other ideas and it isn't long before young love, with it's glad eyes, hesitations and embarrassments, has broken every self-imposed rule of the all-male 'academy'. Shakespeare's boisterous send-up of all those who try to turn their back on life, is a festive parade of every weapon in the youthful playwright's comic arsenal: from excruciating cross-purposes and impersonations, to drunkenness, bust-ups and pratfalls. Even more, it is a joyful banquet of language, groaning with puns, rhymes, bizarre syntax, grotesque coinages and parodies.
This is a remarkable portrait of a great writer. It explores how Graham Greene's life both inspired great writing and drove him to attempt suicide. He was a British spy, a doubting Catholic, and a manic-depressive who wrote critically acclaimed bestselling novels, including The Quiet American, Brighton Rock, The End of the Affair, and The Third Man. This documentary weaves Greene's novels and movies into the story of his life: the struggle between good and evil, love and betrayal; it reveals an extraordinary man who travelled the globe to escape the boredom of ordinary existence and became a writer addicted to danger. This film is an unforgettable journey in search of Graham Greene's most elusive character: himself.
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In the tyrannical court of Athens, the pitiless dictator Theseus plans his wedding to Hippolyta, a prisoner of war, and young Hermia is sentenced to death by her own father. Meanwhile, in the rickety township on the hillside, amateur theatre group the Mechanicals rehearse, with all their comic rivalries. And beyond Athens, in the wild wood, dark forces are stirring. It's a dream that will never be forgotten.
Hosted and narrated by John Nettles, this program celebrates the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death on April 23, 2016. We unlock some of the mysteries surrounding Shakespeare's life and the legacy of his work across the globe. John Nettles takes us on a journey through the dangerous and dynamic times of Shakespeare's life and reveals something of the real man who transformed the London theatre and the English language, yet remained a Stratford man.
The evil Iago pretends to be friend of Othello in order to manipulate him to serve his own end in the film version of this Shakespeare classic.
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The republic of Venice employs Othello, a self-made man and a Moor, to defend its overseas territories against the Turks. But for all his military success, Othello remains an outsider in the city, an object of racism, envy and mistrust. As the Turkish threat gathers and Venetian forces are despatched to Cyprus, Iago, a junior officer secretly enraged by his lack of promotion, exploits Othello's ambiguous position and ingenuous nature, driving him into a passionate and uncontrollable jealousy. With its racing concentrated plot and intense dramatic details, Othello is one of Shakespeare's most exciting, atmospheric and heartbreaking plays. By introducing to early 17th-century England a black character as complex as Othello, it is also one of his most extraordinary imaginative achievements.
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The Tempest Act IV Scene I - the masque
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