Last weekend, I bought all the potato chips and cookies, and I dedicated all my time to the movie adaptations of Jane Austin books. I simply love Jane Austin, just like most of my colleagues, and I find some movie adaptations quite successful. Then I came across that blog post about “Great Shakespeare Movie Adaptations”. Surprisingly, I’ve watched none of them! Next weekend’s plan is already set but I just wonder what you think about movie adaptations of great literature pieces.
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Love’s Labour’s Lost (2000)
Not a perfect adaptation by any means, but one with plenty of ambition
Much Ado About Nothing (2012)
It’s a brisk adaptation that is much funnier than most. Amy Acker is particularly good as Beatrice, pratfalling and wisecracking like a 1940s screwball heroine.
Much Ado About Nothing (1993)
An explosion of loviness, with Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson, Kate Beckinsale, Richard Briers, Imelda Staunton and other posh people making up the British side of this comedy of mistaken identities and suppressed affections
10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
After Romeo + Juliet, transposing Shakespeare to the halls of American high schools became, like, totally a thing.
Ralph Fienne’s directorial debut is a brooding, bloodthirsty take on the tale of a war hero whose optimism and pride turn to cruelty and bitterness as his rivals and self-regard bring him low.
West Side Story (1961)
Romeo and Juliet again, but this time turned into a New York musical with two rival street gangs and Tony, a member of the American gang, falling for Maria, the sister of the leader of the Puerto Rican gang.
There are several arguments for the best screen Hamlet. There’s probably quite a big crowd screaming for the Laurence Olivier 1948 version, which won a Best Picture Oscar but is rather stagey and simplifies the play.
Henry V (1944)
You’ve got to have one Laurence Olivier in any Shakespeare list, so it’s this grand, experimental take on Henry V.
Throne Of Blood (1957)
Using the plot but not the text of Macbeth, Akira Kurosawa relocates the Scottish play to feudal Japan.
William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet (1996)
You won’t find another Shakespeare adaptation that matches Baz Luhrmann’s for bravado and invention.
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