Failure, Succession, Success

PBS’s ‘Great Performances: The Hollow Crown’

Political leaders often seem like an alien breed of humanity. They voluntarily give up privacy. They willingly fritter away their lives at fundraisers. They abandon sincerity and logic in favor of expedient posturing. They usually have an overactive schmooze gland.

But the truly successful statesman is not a breed apart—or so one might conclude after watching The Hollow Crown, the marvelous quartet of new Shakespeare films...

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Celia Wren is Commonweal’s media and stage critic.