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Stage Beauty

(DVD - 2005 )
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
Stage Beauty


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Welcome to the 17th century stage, where Ned Kynaston's performace of Desdemona in Shakespeare's 'Othello' brings the house down nightly. Ned is the "most beautiful woman on the London stage". That is, until the King renounces the royal edict that only men can play women on stage. Enter Maria, Ned's seemingly loyal dresser, who becomes an instant star, leaving Ned to suppress his ardent feminine traits and make a man of himself.
Title: Stage beauty
Publisher: Santa Monica, Calif. :, Artisan Entertainment :, distributed by Lions Gate Home Entertainment,, [2005]
Characteristics: 1 DVD (110 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in
Notes: Originally released as a motion picture in 2004
Based on the play "Compleat female stage beauty" by Jeffrey Hatcher
Summary: Welcome to the 17th century stage, where Ned Kynaston's performace of Desdemona in Shakespeare's 'Othello' brings the house down nightly. Ned is the "most beautiful woman on the London stage". That is, until the King renounces the royal edict that only men can play women on stage. Enter Maria, Ned's seemingly loyal dresser, who becomes an instant star, leaving Ned to suppress his ardent feminine traits and make a man of himself.
Audience: OFRB rating 14A
Local Note: DVD
Branch Call Number: FIC Stage
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Report This May 23, 2013
  • Zyx rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Loved this. Wonderful love story and acting story from an excellent playwright; was amazing to see in extra features how he turned a dark and unknown part of stage history into a fantastical discovery of method acting...he admits it's a complete fiction, but it works because the characters and their stories work. I never get tired of this, no matter how often I watch it.

Report This May 04, 2010
  • redwallflower rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

This was alright, nothing that I would rush out and buy my own copy of or even recommend as a Must-See film. But it was entertaining and had a nice build up to the climax at the end.

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  • nadian rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

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Report This Mar 19, 2008
  • ElizabethB rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Based in the 1660's of London's theatres, this film is about the rules of gender roles in theatre production, and means to change them for everyone's benefit. Ned Kynaston is the homosexual cross-dressing actor who has been playing female parts in plays for years, particularly Desdemona in Othello, he also has a close relationship with a male co-actor. One day however, the rules of only men playing women could change when aspiring actress Maria auditions as Kynaston's praised role, Desdemona, and soon enough, King Charles II decides to make the law that all female roles should be played only by women. Maria becomes a star, while Ned finds himself out of work. But after a while, Ned finds it in his nature to forgive Maria's aspiration, they may even fall in love, and Charles may proclaim women will be played by either gender

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Report This Apr 27, 2008
  • nadian rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: Sexual and offensive used throughout film

Report This Apr 27, 2008
  • nadian rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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