A Midwinter's Tale

A Midwinter's Tale

Streaming Video - 1996
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Kenneth Branagh writes and directs a comic tale about an out-of-work actor's desperate attempt to salvage his career and his life by staging a production of Hamlet. Lacking time and money to do the play justice, he hires a motley cast of drunks, incompetents, oddballs and an aging female impersonator to play Queen Gertrude. Now, through backstage dramas, inevitable disasters and the occasional triumph, this cast of would-be losers strives to create theater magic in only three weeks!

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Nov 30, 2016

You might not care for this movie if you've never read *Hamlet*, participated in shoestring-budget theatre, or don't like British humor.

Even if you *don't* like those things in general, this movie is hysterical. Every actor is convincing, especially the wonderful Julia Sawalha. It's a comedy of theatrical manners (and mannerisms) -- a first-rate backstage story.

Jennifer Saunder's brief appearance at the end is particularly hilarious. I never knew she did impersonations. This one is so spot-on, I had to rewind to find out what she had said. It took about 3 syllables for me to recognize her target, and I was laughing too loud at Saunders's perfection to absorb the actual words.

Wonderful movie. I'm so glad it's out on DVD!

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