William Shakespeare

  • Eimuntas Nekrošius – Hamletas AKA Hamlet (1997)

    1991-2000ClassicsDramaEimuntas NekrošiusLithuaniaWilliam Shakespeare
    Hamletas (1997)
    Hamletas (1997)

    One of the greatest and best known Nekrosius productions.
    Hamletas marked the beginning of Nekrosius’s studio, Meno Fortas, which is dedicated to performance and actor training and earned Nekrosius the 1998 St. Kristoforas for highest theatrical achievement in Europe.Read More »

  • Orson Welles – Macbeth (1948)

    Orson Welles1941-1950ClassicsDramaUSAWilliam Shakespeare
    Macbeth (1948)
    Macbeth (1948)

    Macbeth, the Thane of Glamis, receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders his king and takes the throne for himself.Read More »

  • Roy Mack – Shake, Mr. Shakespeare (1936)

    1931-1940ComedyRoy MackShort FilmUSAWilliam Shakespeare
    Shake, Mr. Shakespeare (1936)
    Shake, Mr. Shakespeare (1936)

    Synopsis and user review from the Imdb:
    Falling asleep on the job, he dreams of various Shakespearean characters coming to life from the pages of giant books and singing and dancing in celebration of their “goin’ Hollywood.” The characters appearing include Romeo, Juliet, Juliet’s Nurse, Puck, Peter Quince, Hamlet, Old Hamlet’s Ghost, Falstaff, Antony, Cleopatra, and Macbeth. Shakespeare appears toward the end of the film to object, but he is quickly convinced by his characters to join a big song and dance routine. Includes passing references to a number of familiar Shakespearean scenes including Hamlet’s “to be or not to be” soliloquy, Romeo and Juliet’s balcony scene, Hamlet with Yorick’s skull, and Enobarbus’ speech on Cleopatra’s barge.Read More »

  • Grigoriy Kozintsev & Iosif Shapiro – Korol Lir AKA King Lear (1970)

    Grigori Kozintsev1961-1970ArthouseEpicUSSRWilliam Shakespeare
    Korol Lir (1970)
    Korol Lir (1970)

    King Lear, old and tired, divides his kingdom among his daughters, giving great importance to their protestations of love for him. When Cordelia, youngest and most honest, refuses to idly flatter the old man in return for favor, he banishes her and turns for support to his remaining daughters. But Goneril and Regan have no love for him and instead plot to take all his power from him. In a parallel, Lear’s loyal courtier Gloucester favors his illegitimate son Edmund after being told lies about his faithful son Edgar. Madness and tragedy befall both ill-starred fathers.Read More »

  • Béla Tarr – Macbeth (1983)

    1981-1990Béla TarrDramaHungaryTVWilliam Shakespeare
    Macbeth (1982)
    Macbeth (1982)

    In this powerful short film, the renowned William Shakespeare play is stripped down to the bare essentials, consisting of two lengthy shots.Read More »

  • Franco Zeffirelli – Hamlet (1990)

    1981-1990ClassicsDramaFranco ZeffirelliUSAWilliam Shakespeare
    Hamlet (1990)
    Hamlet (1990)

    Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, finds out that his uncle Claudius killed his father to obtain the throne, and plans revenge.Read More »

  • Jirí Trnka – Sen noci svatojánské AKA Midsummer Night’s Dream (1959)

    1951-1960AnimationCzech RepublicFantasyJirí TrnkaWilliam Shakespeare

    The first puppet kinescope in the world. It is based on the famous poetic comedy by William Shakespeare. Three worlds meet in this story: the noble world of three Athens couples, a common popular world of tradesmen amateur theatre and a fairy-tale happiness of magic creatures as elves and nymphs. The film is considered the most remarkable Jirí Trnka work and a milestone in the history of the world animation.Read More »

  • Kenneth Branagh – Henry V (1989)

    1981-1990ClassicsDramaKenneth BranaghUnited KingdomWilliam Shakespeare

    A 1989 British drama film adapted for the screen and directed by Kenneth Branagh, based on William Shakespeare’s play of the same name about Henry V of England. The film stars Branagh in the title role with Paul Scofield, Derek Jacobi, Ian Holm, Emma Thompson, Alec McCowen, Judi Dench, Robbie Coltrane, Brian Blessed, and Christian Bale in supporting roles.

    The film received worldwide critical acclaim and has been widely considered one of the best Shakespeare film adaptations ever made. For her work on the film, Phyllis Dalton won an Academy Award for Best Costume Design and Kenneth Branagh, in his directorial debut, received Oscar nominations for Best Actor and Best Director.Read More »

  • Michael Almereyda – Hamlet (2000)

    1991-2000DramaMichael AlmereydaUSAWilliam Shakespeare

    William Shakespeare’s classic tale is brought to the screen for the third time in ten years in this modernized interpretation. Writer/director Michael Almereyda updates the story to the present day, where Hamlet (Ethan Hawke) is a struggling filmmaker whose personal and familial trials are set against the machinations of a huge production firm called the Denmark Corporation. Joining Hamlet as he seeks revenge for the death of his father and the wedding of his mother to an enemy are Kyle MacLachlan as Claudius, Julia Stiles as Ophelia, Bill Murray as Polonius, Sam Shepard as the ghost of Hamlet’s father, Diane Venora as Gertrude, Steve Zahn as Rosencrantz, and Dechen Thurman as Guildenstern. – allmovie.comRead More »

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