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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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Comedy of Errors 1 Reply

Perhaps the first screwball comedy. Not sure if I want to see a production of this but here's the BBC production from the 80's:Continue

Started by Nerves. Last reply by Ando Apr 25, 2013.

Fair is foul and foul is fair! 14 Replies

Yeah maybe!  But when it comes to adaptations often fair is fair and foul is pretty rank!We may not currently agree on the authorship question but I think we can agree (mostly) on the best and worst adaptations to screen ( a discussion aimed at…Continue

Started by Just Gus. Last reply by Sevorin May 26, 2012.

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Comment by eviltimes on September 30, 2013 at 4:38pm

Oh, and thanks for the Tempest.  I was wondering what Taymor had been up to since Across the Universe - she's so international!

Comment by eviltimes on March 19, 2013 at 5:09pm

Wrong Play !!!

Comment by br77 on February 10, 2013 at 1:14am

Laurence Olivier, very young, in As You Like It. 

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Comment by br77 on February 8, 2013 at 2:13am

What happened to that Orson Welles/Peter O'Tool vid?

Comment by br77 on February 5, 2013 at 3:38am

Speaking of Hamlet, I just saw a bit on it by Ben Kingsley in his interview on Inside the Actors Studio. Have you seen it? I found it remarkable.

http://youtu.be/A_eiN-tD_lo?t=30m47s

P.S. You're not saying you preferred Branagh's Hamlet, are you?

Comment by br77 on February 5, 2013 at 3:27am

What is natural about that? Most unnatural. But...

the shots of the "street-filled' (sic?) Roman legions I believe is only in what you might call the admittedly odd preface of the film. The Anthony Hopkins/Jessica Lange meat of the thing, the girl with twigs for hands, the hanging squirming bodies of his enemies children, the wonderous meat pies... Good God, it's a feast of a movie.

Comment by br77 on February 4, 2013 at 11:32pm

This is the one.

Comment by br77 on February 4, 2013 at 11:16pm

Best Henry V?  Branagh

Best Hamlet? Definitely mad max's:

Ah, but the best Shakespeare on film?  Only Titus:

Comment by Sevorin on August 13, 2012 at 2:26am

RE: The Edgar Willis snippet

I hate being ungallant about it, but this Willis guy is just a conventional old ass, repeating the same shit that has been answered many times by legitimate scholars.

Once again, I take issue with the principal anti-Stratfordian argument -- that Shakespeare didn't write Shakespeare because he didn't have the background or the knowledge to include material that only a lawyer, a nobleman, a sailor, a classical scholar, a traveler to Italy, etc. must necessarily have had in order to include it in the plays.

Ah, me! The idiocy of this argument continually manifests itself to anyone who takes the time to verify all these evidences of "superior" legal, aristocratic, nautical, geographical, and other knowledge that are attributed to Shakespeare.

In fact, Shakespeare is sometimes embarrassingly fulla shit. His geographic errors are not likely to come from a man who'd traveled extensively in Italy. His linguistic skills are overrated -- (the "funny" scene in French in Henry V  is light years away from proof that its author was fluent in that language). To those genuinely conversant with Elizabethan scholarship it's clear that Shakespeare's knowledge of aristocratic forms and procedures is not only overrated, but actually contradicted by extant facts. As for the Bard's formidable "legal" knowledge, sometimes he just lifted the whole of a contemporary passage from, say, Holinshed and decked it out in iambic pentameter.

(Incidentally, if we know so little about the Stratford Shakespeare that the years 1585-1593 are wholly dark to us, why does Willis assume he didn't occupy that time the same way it's attributed to others -- by reading, writing, questioning, and learning about those very matters that Willis considers so alien to a small town boy who's anxious to make good?)

To hell with gallantry. Willis can go fuck himself. Right up his dry-as-dust, rancid, crotchety old ass.

 

 

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