Sunday October 25, 2020

Domestic drama puts the Bard centre stage

Kenneth Branagh’s beautifully played and handsomely produced film places Shakespeare the man and his mind centre stage, returning the genius dramatist of legend to the all-too-human world

10th February, 2019
Kenneth Branagh and Judi Dench (centre) in All Is True

Having flirted with superhero blockbusters, Disney princesses and Agatha Christie adaptations, Kenneth Branagh returns to his first cinematic love, William Shakespeare, with All Is True, an intimate and tender tribute to the Bard as he retires from the London stage and returns to Stratford in 1613.

A small-scale domestic drama that blends scraps of the accepted historical record and what literate fictions screenwriter (and fellow Shakespeare specialist) Ben Elton can join them together with, Branagh’s beautifully...

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