Saturday, July 31, 2010

MV: Shakespeare in Love

1998 - Shakespeare in Love

Romantic comedy set in London in the late 16th century: Young playwright William Shakespeare struggles with his latest work "Romeo and Ethel the Pirate's Daughter". A great fan of Shakespeare's plays is young, wealthy Viola who is about to be married to the cold-hearted Lord Wessex, but constantly dreams of becoming an actress. Women were not allowed to act on stage at that time (female roles were played by men, too), but dressed up as a boy, Viola successfully auditions for the part of Romeo. Soon she and William are caught in a forbidden romance that provides rich inspiration for his play.


Why do you howl...
  • howl: to cry very loudly in pain, anger, or sadness
And a share!
  • share: a part of a total amount of something that is divided between several people
It's a crowd-tickler.
  • crowd-tickler: comedy
A bit with a dog, and love triumphant.
  • triumphant: win
A play takes time. Find the actors, rehearsals.
  • rehearsal: an occasion when you practice for the performance of a play, concert, opera etc
That's, what, 500 groundlings at tuppence a head.
  • a head: per person
No, no, we haven't the time. Talk prose.
  • prose: written language in its ordinary form, not poetry
As soon as I find my muse.
  • muse: someone that provides the enthusiasm and determination for an artist, poet, musician to create something artistic
I-It's as if my quill is broken,
  • quill: an old-fashioned pen made from a bird’s feather
Here is a-- a bangle...
  • bangle: bracelet
Will it restore my gift?
  • to restore: to cause a particular situation to exist again, especially a positive one
Prithee, Mr.Kempe. Break a leg.
  • break a leg: {slang} used for wishing someone good luck
Cease to persuade, my loving Proteus.
  • cease: to stop
  • persuade: to convince, to make someone believe that something is true
Straight up, Will?
  • straight up: without ice
while the law of the land has our heroines being played by pipsqueak boys in petticoats.
  • pipsqueak: an insulting word for someone who is younger or smaller than you
  • petticoats: old-fashioned women’s underwear like a thin loose skirt or dress with no sleeves
The natural condition is one of insurmountable obstacles on the road to imminent disaster.
  • insurmountable: impossible to deal with successfully
  • obstacles: a difficulty or problem that prevents you from achieving something
  • imminent: likely or certain to happen very soon
I have, and the chinks to show for it.
  • chinks: money
I insist. A beaker for Mr.Marlowe.
  • beaker: a glass, cup for drinking beer
A comedy of quarreling families...reconciled in the discovery of Romeo...
  • quarreling: fighting, arguing
  • reconciled: to stop fighting
He looks well enough for a charlatan.
  • charlatan: someone who doesn't tell the truth
Anon, good nurse, anon.
  • anon: an old word meaning ‘soon’
and the daughter mutilated with knives.
  • mutilated: to damage something seriously, especially by removing part of it
I have a sonnet to write.
  • sonnet: a type of poem with 14 lines and regular rhymes
Her Majesty's consent is requisite when a Wessex takes a wife,
  • requisite: required
You have this duel.
  • duel: fight with swords, or with a gun
A skirmish of words and swords such as I never wrote, nor anyone.
  • skirmish: an argument or a disagreement, especially a political one
Did I mention her bosom?
  • bosom: breasts, chest of a woman
Alack, there lies more peril in thine eye than 20 of their swords.
  • peril: danger
And thus he goes to the apothecary...
  • apothecary: chemist. pharmacist


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