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Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead Blu-Ray Review - AVClub

AVClub: Like a lot of film versions of classic modern plays, Tom Stoppard’s 1990 adaptation of his meta-theater masterpiece Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead documents two eras. The play remains to some extent a product of its time: a standout from a stretch of the 1960s when the stage was dominated by British dramatists and arty absurdism. The movie too seems like an artifact. Stars Gary Oldman and Tim Roth look so young and so vital, and the production as a whole has a classiness and solemnity in keeping with the arthouse hits of the late ’80s and early ’90s. The provocative radicalism of the original was rendered as something staid, tasteful… almost normal.

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