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Dame Judi Dench
From Queen Victoria to Queen Elizabeth I to Iris Murdoch, Dame Dench has played them all. She has won major acting awards including Oscars and Oliviers (England's top theatrical honor) and has acted in many film adaptations of famous books. Judi Dench currently appears in the science fiction movie The Chronicles of Riddick. She recently won the prestigious Shakespeare Theatre Will Award in Washington D.C., in honour of her contributions to classical theatre.
We've put together a compilation of some books that have been made into movies starring Dame Judy Dench.
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Importance of Being Earnest
Judi played the role of Lady Bracknell in the Importance of
Being Earnest. This play shows a full measure of Oscar Wilde's legendary
wit, and embodies more than any of his other plays, his decency and
warmth. This edition contains substantial excerpts from the original
four-act version which was never produced, as well as the full text
of the final three-act version, selections from Wilde's correspondence,
and commentary by George Bernard Shaw, Max Beerbohm, St. John Hankin,
and James Agate.
Judi played the role of the long-lost aunt Agnis Hamm in the Shipping
News. When Quoyle's two-timing wife meets her just desserts, he retreats
with his two daughters to his ancestral home on the starkly beautiful
Newfoundland coast, where a rich cast of local characters and family
members all play a part in Quoyle's struggle to reclaim his life. As
Quoyle confronts his private demons -- and the unpredictable forces
of nature and society -- he begins to see the possibility of love without
pain or misery.
Sovereignty of Good
In the recent movie Iris, Judi convincingly played the role
of the famous author Iris Murdoch. Murdoch once observed: "philosophy
is often a matter of finding occasions on which to say the obvious".
What was obvious to Murdoch, and to all those who read her work, is
that Good transcends everything - even God. Throughout her distinguished
and prolific writing career, she explored questions of good and bad,
and myth and morality.
One of the most frequently read and performed of all stage works, Shakespeare's
Hamlet is unsurpassed in its complexity and richness. Judi played the
character of Hecuba in the movie adaptation of Hamlet.
Room With A View
Published in 1908, A Room with A View is one of E. M. Forster's most
celebrated works. In the movie adaptation, Judi protrayed the character
of Eleanor Lavish. Forster explores love among a cast of eccentric characters
gathered in an Italian pension and in a corner of Surrey, England. Caught
up in a world of social snobbery, Lucy Honeychurch must make a decision
that will decide the course of her future: She is forced to choose between
convention and passion.
Midsummer Night's Dream
One night two young couples run into an enchanted forest in an attempt
to escape their problems. But these four humans do not realize that
the forest is filled with fairies and hobgoblins who love making mischief.
The naughty fairies, led by Titania was played by none other than Judi
Dench. When Oberon, the Fairy King, and his loyal hobgoblin servant,
Puck, intervene in human affairs, the fate of these young couples is
magically and hilariously transformed.