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What is the greatest film verison of a Shakespeare play?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by littlemissraw, May 25, 2011.

  1. littlemissraw

    littlemissraw Occasional commenter

    Lol and there I was thinking Baz Luhrmann's Romeo and Juliet [​IMG]
  2. doomzebra

    doomzebra Occasional commenter

    Kurosawa's Ran
  3. I love this film.
  4. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    Frankly I'm no fan of the Bard because most of the time he seems to write backwards. Either that or I have some curious form of Shakespeare dyslexia. I had no problem with understanding Webster, but for some reason Shakespeare is like gobbledigook to me.

    That said, I found parts Kenneth Branagh's version of 'Henry V' and much of the 1999 version of 'Midsummer Night's Dream' moderately intelligible, although English subtitles would have been helpful at times.
  5. I love Zefferellis Romeo and Juliet.
  6. fantastischfish

    fantastischfish Established commenter

    I absolutely love Luhrman's Romeo and Juliet. It's just so clever.
  7. lapinrose

    lapinrose Star commenter

    Me too, it's brilliant for teaching the third conditional in TEFL.
  8. Thats another great one. Love the music in it.
  9. jazz2

    jazz2 New commenter

    Not particularly keen on Shakespeare on film - much prefer theatre.
    Enjoyed Brannagh's Much Ado About Nothing, though.
  10. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0099727/

    Kevin Kline as Hamlet ... best film version I have seen

    I also like Branagh as HenryV
  11. anon468

    anon468 New commenter

    Not strictly a film, but Channel 4 did an amazing version of King Lear with Larry Olivier in the lead role (1983).
    If you get a chance to see it, do.
  12. That reminds me:
    Franco Zefferelli's Taming of the Shrew (1967), for Richard Burton's and Elizabeth Taylor's on screen chemistry
  13. Also

    10 Things I Hate About You
  14. Oh yeah and


    *Starts to wonder if she has a thing for Julia Styles* [​IMG]
  15. lardylegs

    lardylegs Occasional commenter

    Absolutely, I was just about to post that one. I love it for the boisterous jollity and the fabulous costumes as well as the smoking chemistry between the two lead actors.
  16. lardylegs

    lardylegs Occasional commenter

    That was about the Taming of the Shrew, by the way!
  17. doomzebra

    doomzebra Occasional commenter

    and "Kiss Me Kate" if you like a nice tune
  18. I've seen and liked Olivier's King Lear. Its probably my second favourite after the Peter Brook's. The one Olivier Shakespeare I haven't had chance to see is his Merchant of Venice, which was another television production. I'd love to see that one. I've seen a still from it and it appears to be a 19th century or early 20th century style staging rather than the tradtional one with a massive false nose which he was famous for on stage.
  19. minnie me

    minnie me Star commenter

    Agree Branagh's Henry V . Great music Patrick Doyle? Branagh writes about the making of this film in his autobiography - a good read.
  20. lardylegs

    lardylegs Occasional commenter

    "If she fights when her clothes you are mussing,
    What are clothes? "Much Ado About Nussing."
    If she says your behavior is heinous
    Kick her right in the "Coriolanus."
    Brush up your Shakespeare
    And they'll all kowtow,
    And they'll all kowtow,
    And they'll all kowtow"

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