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Even if you don't believe that he wrote all those plays let's talk about his best film adaptations and anything else William Shakespearean.

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King Lear 3 Replies

In 1971 Peter Brook & Company presented a staggering King Lear. It's really the only Lear I return to time and again to marvel and sneer. Paul Scofield is the most truculently…Continue

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Shakespeare Scholars: 4. James Shapiro (with Barry Edelstein) Continue

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Hamlet 30 Replies

Hamlet is Shakespeare's longest play and among the most powerful and influential…Continue

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Anonymous (Roland Emmerich, 2011) 66 Replies

Frankly, I think the Shakespeare conspiracy theories are a waste of time. Whether or…Continue

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Othello 2 Replies

Othello has never been a Shakespeare play that I've admired (or regarded) as a "well written play". I suppose the varied approaches to it has attracted me more than the play, itself. Orson Welles' 1952 film version remains my favorite because he…Continue

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Titus Andronicus 3 Replies

Titus Andronicus is a tragedy co-authored, possibly, with George Peele and believed to…Continue

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Comment by Ando on March 16, 2012 at 1:17am

Tony Richardson's Hamlet (1969)


Comment by Ando on March 12, 2012 at 4:14pm

Tom Stoppoard's film (based on his play) about the two hapless minor character school chums of Shakespeare's Hamlet is currently on Instant Watch.

Comment by Ando on March 11, 2012 at 4:38pm

Wish I hadn't read that The Substance of Fire is a kind of contemporary King Lear story. But I did. Without that foreknowledge, though, the film would probably have had far less resonance (made less sense) than it did. Here are Ron Rifkin, who plays the patriarch, Isaac Geldhart and the playwright/screenwriter, Jon Robin Baitz taped back in '96.

Comment by Sevorin on March 5, 2012 at 2:45am

Thanx for the Shapiro interview.

He makes a point that I've argued elsewhere -- often feeling like Vanzetti standing on street-corners talking to scorning man -- that whatever other experience or background one attributes to Shakespeare, he must have been a professional playwright -- a guy who worked with actors day in and day out, even inserting the names of members of his cast, which a lordly snoot like Oxford would never have done.

Comment by Ando on March 5, 2012 at 1:58am

Columbia University Professor James Shapiro on "Who Wrote Shakespeare?":

Comment by Ando on March 3, 2012 at 8:32pm

Could Shakespeare have been a woman? Viginia Woolf considers that possibility:


Comment by Ando on March 3, 2012 at 2:31pm

Akira Kurosawa's Hamlet film, The Bad Sleep Well, (another good one, JS!) jettisons the narrative details of the play but stays true the character's central dilemma.



Kurosawa & his crew discuss the making of the film:


Comment by Ando on March 1, 2012 at 12:40pm

Currently on Showtime (On Demand as well) -

Comment by Just Gus on February 29, 2012 at 5:04am

Comment by Ando on February 26, 2012 at 8:36pm

When you're considering a writer as prolific as William Shakespeare and the relatively small number of films that claim to be adaptations the only "must see" is "must see more". I tend to like the more imaginative takes on his plays like Peter Greenway's Prospero's Books, Akira Kurosawa's Ran and Peter Brook's King Lear. One of the best of the filmed stage plays in the BBC/Ambrose Video Shakespeare series, as Sevorin alluded to, is their Henry VI trilogy: with hilariously cheap set designs and clunky direction the ensemble nevertheless manages to give an incredible performance (similar to what The Globe performances must have been like) of this seldom produced triad.


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