I should have expected to find Shakespeare scattered about in a film where Kenneth Branagh plays an actor / director . . . and where that actor / director is Laurence Olivier.
Indeed, the language of Shakespeare is peppered through the film. I've collated the major ones I spotted into a convenient clip for your benefit.
First, Marilyn was intent on using Stanislavsky's (or, technically, Lee Strasberg's) Method Acting Technique to play her role in the light comedy The Prince and the Showgirl. Later in the film (and in the filming), this will drive Olivier insane. Here, Branagh's Olivier makes light of it by saying, with the requisite Hamlet allusion,
He then launches immediately into "My very noble and approved good masters" from Othello.We may seem a little strange and, uh, quaint to you at first, but I hope that in time, you may come to find your method in our madness.
His next also comes from Othello, and he utters it after a temperamental flight by Marilyn:
At the film's end, we get the final bit of Shakespeare this film has to offer, and it comes, not unexpectedly, from The Tempest:O, now, for ever
Farewell the tranquil mind! farewell content!
Farewell the plumed troop, and the big wars,
That make ambition virtue! O, farewell! (III.iii)
These quotes don't add up to much more than icing on the cake, really—but they're such rich icing on such an interesting cake.You do look, my son, in a moved sort,
As if you were dismay'd: be cheerful, sir.
Our revels now are ended.
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We are such stuff
As dreams are made on, and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep. (IV.i)
Bonus image for those who read this far and were hoping for an image of Kenneth Branagh looking like Laurence Olivier looking daggers at the camera:
Links: The Film at IMDb.