SHAKESPEARE AND THE SPANISH CONNECTION (Documentary, 2006)

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Shakespeare and the Spanish Connection
Ichinose, Audrey - Television Director
Quick, John - Television Director
Shepherd, Paul - Television Director


Playing Time: 00:28:03
Catalogue Number: B405DVD
UPC: 709629004054

Shakespeare and the Spanish Connection is a must for students, teachers, and Shakespeare scholars of all ages. Experience the plays of traditional Spanish theater firsthand and see how they parallel many of Shakespeare's most famous works. See how these plays were brought to early California with the founding of the missions, and how many of these plays are still performed and remain an integral part of Spanish culture in modern-day America. See the archetypal stock characters of traditional Spanish theater manifest themselves in Shakespeare's plays from the black hat villain of Don John in Much Ado About Nothing, to the nag of Juliet's Nurse in Romeo and Juliet, and to the foolish braggart Falstaff in Henry IV and Henry V and The Merry Wives of Windsor.

Watch scenes from these well-known characters alongside the scenes of Spanish theater from which they derive their roots. Despite the obvious influence of Spanish theater and culture over many of Shakespeare's works, not one of his plays is actually set in Spain. Romeo and Juliet and Much Ado About Nothing are both set in Italy, while Falstaff had his adventures in Britain. But nevertheless, throughout all of Shakespeare's plays, the influence of Spanish theater and culture is evident.

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