Shakespeare Behind Bars (2005)
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Critic Reviews for Shakespeare Behind Bars
This fascinating video documentary covers a nine-month rehearsal of Shakespeare's final play by inmates at the Luther Luckett Correctional Complex in La Grange, Kentucky.
The up-close interviews with the prisoners, many of whom are in jail for murder, are the heart of the film.
Rogerson and producer Jilann Spitzmiller ably convey the humanity of the inmates while also exposing them as deeply flawed individuals. The film also reconfirms the enduring relevance and power of Shakespeare and his adaptability to almost any milieu.
Albeit a tad repetitive, Shakespeare Behind Bars succeeds in humanizing men we might too easily label as monsters, and provides a solid argument in favor of prisons that place rehabilitation above retribution.
Few non-fiction films about the arts hit as hard or soar to such heights of poetry and humanity.
Audience Reviews for Shakespeare Behind Bars
I viewed this on Netflix Instant Watch- halfway through I jumped on Amazon and bought it. It touches two nerves for me- the value of Shakespeare and the value of a human being. This is what art is supposed to be about- transcendence and transmutation.
Overall, a decent documentary... just another example of the way that we learn the importance of artistic expression has no boundaries:)
Interesting film about the reality of prisons and its victims. The documentary inspires hope in the hearts of murderers, rapists, and theives.
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