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What is the Best or Worst Movies Adapted from a Shakespeare Play?

 
 
Reply Tue 16 Jan, 2018 02:02 pm
What is your favorite Shakespeare adapted movies?
What is your least favorite Shakespeare adapted movies?

Is there a correlation between how much of the original dialogue remains in the adaptation? How much has been modernized? The setting being faithfully reproduced or modernized?

Who gave your favorite cinematic performances? Why?

A digression involving a very vanilla attempt at a Shakespeare biopic:
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hightor
 
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Reply Tue 16 Jan, 2018 02:12 pm
@tsarstepan,
I really liked Kenneth Branagh's Much Ado About Nothing:

farmerman
 
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Reply Tue 16 Jan, 2018 04:28 pm
@hightor,
The very stoopidest was WARM BODIES, a zombie vampire coupling based on Romeo e Juliet.

There was one with the McKenzie Brothers which I fforgot totally. eh? I think it was based on Macbeth
farmerman
 
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Reply Tue 16 Jan, 2018 04:29 pm
@farmerman,
I think the first KING KONG was also based on Romeo e Juliet
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coluber2001
 
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Reply Wed 17 Jan, 2018 12:43 am
Ran, A spectacular film adaption of King Lear by Akira Kurosawa.

https://burrellosubmarinemovies.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/ran5.png
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izzythepush
 
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Reply Wed 17 Jan, 2018 01:30 am
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izzythepush
 
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Reply Wed 17 Jan, 2018 01:32 am
Not a film, but a TV series.

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coluber2001
 
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Reply Wed 17 Jan, 2018 10:59 am
Throne of Blood
Akira Kurosawa movie adapted from Macbeth. Starring Toshiro Mifune

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-_uNa5JMrZ7A/TuG2Vg-tlII/AAAAAAAABi0/PePfB_rXPK0/s1600/throne+of+blood+4.jpg
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Lash
 
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Reply Wed 17 Jan, 2018 01:29 pm
I adored the Kurosawa entries listed here.

I also love Branagh’s Hamlet and Fassbender as MacBeth. Beautiful and well-portrayed, IMO.
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Kolyo
 
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Reply Wed 17 Jan, 2018 11:03 pm
I liked Anthony Hopkins in Titus Andronicus.

Spoiler alert...


It was like they transported Hannibal Lecter into the classical world.
izzythepush
 
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Reply Thu 18 Jan, 2018 01:49 am
@Kolyo,
There are filmed theatrical versions of Shakespeare's plays. Some are recorded, like the RSC's Titus Andronicus, but some are transmitted live. Ralph Fiennes was brilliant as Richard III.

Before the play starts there's commentary and interviews with cast and crew. This version started and ended with the archaeological dig in Leicester.

https://almeida.co.uk/whats-on/richard-iii/7-jun-2016-6-aug-2016

Othello with a black Iago was very good as was The Merchant of Venice with an Arab Israeli actor in the lead.

On Valentines Day they'll be live streaming 12th Night.
https://www.rsc.org.uk/twelfth-night/in-cinemas<br />
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Fri 26 Oct, 2018 06:47 pm
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Tue 9 Jul, 2019 10:18 am
@tsarstepan,
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McGentrix
 
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Reply Tue 9 Jul, 2019 08:08 pm
Does anyone remember the Moonlighting episode "The Taming of the Shrew"? One of my favorites.
Sturgis
 
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Reply Thu 18 Jul, 2019 10:49 pm
@McGentrix,
Whereas I most likely saw it, I have no recollection of it. 1986 was a very drunken stupor year for me. Moonlighting though was a show which I watched weekly and would tape on my VCR if I couldn't be home.
(My adoring of Cybill Shepherd was the main reason)
Lash
 
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Reply Thu 18 Jul, 2019 11:40 pm
@Sturgis,
I thought I’d discovered the new Tom Hanks in Willis. That was definitely my favorite show at he time. I remember thinking Cybill’s acting was a bit forced, but she was so pretty—and her clothes were beautiful.

I did like the chemistry.
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glitterbag
 
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Reply Fri 19 Jul, 2019 01:04 am
@McGentrix,
McGentrix wrote:

Does anyone remember the Moonlighting episode "The Taming of the Shrew"? One of my favorites.


I do remember that, very entertaining. Bruce plays an obnoxious smart ass..but a lovable obnoxious smart ass, I don't think anyone has ever been able to do that ever. Also, Cybill Shepherd was terrific in that role, lovely and strong.
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coluber2001
 
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Reply Mon 26 Aug, 2019 02:39 pm
West Side Story, of course, is the retelling of Romeo and Juliet.


https://static.rogerebert.com/uploads/movie/movie_poster/west-side-story-1961/large_1a8hKpfSNfb6EWXBua198EvAVZI.jpg
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Tue 27 Aug, 2019 06:25 am
@coluber2001,
coluber2001 wrote:

West Side Story, of course, is the retelling of Romeo and Juliet.

That's relatively common knowledge.

Steven Spielberg is adapting the musical as well for next year.
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