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Shakespeare's Country
Shakespeare's Country

Shakespeare's Country 1926


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Shakespeare's Country 1926

11 mins United Kingdom

This charming silent film from the Wonderful Britain series indulges in some Shakespearean puns to illustrate the environs of Stratford-upon-Avon ("Here's Bideford - a typical Shakespearean Hamlet"). Picturesque cottages abound in Wilmcote and Shottery, together with some suspiciously well-placed urchins. And of course, there's Anne Hathaway's cottage, "secure against the worst of Tempests".

Wonderful Britain was a follow-up series to the more successful Wonderful London (1924), also directed by Harry B. Parkinson. While its predecessor frequently delivered unconventional views of the city, Shakespeare's Country largely follows the well-trodden tourist path. These early travelogues reveal the root of the genre in straightforward actuality - most of the shots here are a single take of a picturesque scene.




Warwickshire Bidford-on-Avon


Shakespeare on Film




United Kingdom



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