Edward II

Edward II

DVD - 2009
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Edward II is a flawed ruler, his reign marred by civil strife and rebellion, but it is his love life, and not his inept leadership, that ultimately turns the nobles against the king.
Publisher: [London?] : BBC Video : Distributed by BBC Worldwide Americas ; Burbank, CA : Distributed in the USA and Canada by Warner Home Video, [2009]
ISBN: 9781419881725
1419881728
Branch Call Number: DVD 792.92/EDWARD
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (125 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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karen1252 May 12, 2011

Certainly worth watching as it is rare to find Marlowe's plays on dvd. Produced in the swinging sixties, Mckellan's portrayal as Edward II hits a high point of hysteria early on, and becomes a bit tiresome after a while.

An excellent extra on the dvd is a production of an inquiry into the controversial death of Marlowe. Excellent English classical actors portray people who knew Marlowe, including some present at his death. Three actual practicing barristers cross examine the witnesses, to prove their theories of Marlowe's probable cause of death. Surprisingly riveting!

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