Films With References To The Sonnets:
- The Loved One (1965) with Robert Morse, Jonathan Winters, Anjanette Comer; directed by Tony Richardson. In this film, Dennis Barlow (Robert Morse) is attempting to woo Aimee Thenatogenos (Anjanette Comer) with poetry which he passes off as his own. He quotes Sonnet 18, as he attempts to seduce her: "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?" Aimee asks, "Did you just write that?" Dennis ignores the question and continues, "Thou art more lively and more temperate."
- Shakespeare In Love (1998) with Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes, Geoffrey Rush, Colin Firth, Ben Affleck, Judi Dench; directed by John Madden. This film, which takes place in 1593, tells the tale of how William Shakespeare (Joseph Fiennes) came to write Romeo And Juliet. While most of this film focuses on Romeo And Juliet, there are references to other plays, and to one of the sonnets. During rehearsals for Romeo And Juliet, Shakespeare leaves to write a sonnet to Viola. Later we see Viola (Gwyneth Paltro) reading from Sonnet 18: "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?"
Next month: The Two Noble Kinsmen.