No Cultural Icon, Just a Man: Representing Shakespeare in Kenneth Branagh’s Biopic "All Is True" (2018)

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Ana-Maria Iftimie


While mainly addressing the masses and the simpler tastes of his time, Shakespeare’s plays have long been considered emblematic for high culture, which calls into question whether their author should still be regarded as representative for the elites or whether his life and personality should be demystified and brought back to the people. An attempt in this respect, showcased by this paper, seems to be Kenneth Branagh’s biopic All Is True (2018), which portrays Shakespeare as an ordinary man rather than as an illustrious playwright, allowing the public to see the human being behind his almost god-like façade. The film, however, reasserts the Renaissance dramatist’s position as the greatest poet and playwright by interrogating some of the most persistent theories on his biography and authorship.


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Iftimie, A.-M. “No Cultural Icon, Just a Man: Representing Shakespeare in Kenneth Branagh’s Biopic ‘All Is True’ (2018)”. Linguaculture, vol. 12, no. 1, June 2021, pp. 102-16, doi:10.47743/lincu-2021-1-0190.
Author Biography

Ana-Maria Iftimie, “Dunărea de Jos” University of Galați; Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iași

ANA-MARIA IFTIMIE is currently a Junior Lecturer at “Dunărea de Jos” University of Galați and a first-year PhD student in English and American Literature at “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iași. Her doctoral thesis, entitled Fictionalising William Shakespeare’s Life on Page and Screen, focuses on various representations of the Bard in written and filmic sources and aims to analyse the way in which they help shape the public’s perception of Shakespeare.


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