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 Post subject: 100 Greatest Shakespeare Films
PostPosted: Sat Oct 09, 2010 9:06 pm 
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Includes direct and indirect adaptations of Shakespeare's plays. Honorable mention goes to Theatre of Blood, which is only incidentally Shakespearean but is one of the best horror comedies ever.

1. Ran (Kurosawa, 1985) [King Lear]
2. Hamlet (Olivier, 1948)
3. West Side Story (Robbins/Wise, 1961) [Romeo and Juliet]
4. Henry V (Branagh, 1989)
5. Romeo and Juliet (Zeffirelli, 1968)
6. Chimes at Midnight (Welles, 1965) [Henry IV Part I/II, Richard II, Henry V, The Merry Wives of Windsor]
7. Throne of Blood (Kurosawa, 1957) [Macbeth]
8. The Lion King (Allers, 1994) [Hamlet]
9. Macbeth (Polanski, 1971)
10. Henry V (Olivier, 1944)
11. Othello (Welles, 1952)
12. Hamlet (Branagh, 1996)
13. Shakespeare in Love (Madden, 1998) [Romeo and Juliet, others]
14. My Own Private Idaho (Van Sant, 1991) [Henry IV Part I/II, Henry V]
15. Othello (Burge, 1965)
16. Julius Caesar (Mankiewicz, 1953)
17. The Bad Sleep Well (Kurosawa, 1960) [Hamlet]
18. Forbidden Planet (Wilcox, 1956) [The Tempest]
19. Kiss Me Kate (Sidney, 1953) [The Taming of the Shrew]
20. Richard III (Loncraine, 1995)
21. Hamlet (Colleran/Gielgud, 1964)
22. Macbeth (Welles, 1948)
23. Hamlet (Kozintsev, 1964)
24. Richard III (Olivier, 1955)
25. Romeo and Juliet (Luhrmann, 1996)
26. Looking for Richard (Pacino, 1996) [Richard III]
27. Hamlet (Zeffirelli, 1990)
28. Othello (Parker, 1995)
29. King Lear (Kozintsev, 1971)
30. A Midsummer Night's Dream (Reinhardt, 1935)
31. O (Nelson, 2001) [Othello]
32. The Taming of the Shrew (Zeffirelli, 1967)
33. King Lear (Elliott, 1983)
34. Titus (Taymor, 1999) [Titus Andronicus]
35. King Lear (Brook, 1971)
36. Scotland, PA (Morrissette, 2001) [Macbeth]
37. The Merchant of Venice (Radford, 2004)
38. Much Ado About Nothing (Branagh, 1993)
39. Twelfth Night (Nunn, 1996)
40. A Midsummer Night's Dream (Hoffman, 1999)
41. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Stoppard, 1990) [Hamlet]
42. Prospero's Books (Greenaway, 1991) [The Tempest]
43. Julius Caesar (Bradley, 1950)
44. King Lear (McCullough, 1953)
45. The Adventures of Bob & Doug McKenzie: Strange Brew (Moranis, 1982) [Hamlet]
46. Romeo and Juliet (Cukor, 1936)
47. Ten Things I Hate About You (Junger, 1999) [The Taming of the Shrew]
48. Julius Caesar (Burge, 1970)
49. King Lear (Godard, 1987)
50. Hamlet (Almereyda, 2000)

What am I missing? Anything that needs to move up or down? I'm still trying to decide whether or not Kurosawa's The Bad Sleep Well qualifies.

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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Shakespeare Films
PostPosted: Tue Oct 12, 2010 9:29 pm 
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Good call on Branagh's Henry V. A damn fine adaptation. Far better than Olivier's poncing.


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Shakespeare Films
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Watched Scotland PA for Film Adaptation today. When it comes to adaptations I don't really care if it's faithful or not (and actually tend to prefer adaptations that just do whatever the fuck they want with something) but it was just a really annoying film I thought. I'll take Godard's King Lear over that any day.


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Shakespeare Films
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i kind of like Scotland, PA, but mainly because im interested in modern adaptations in general. they always feel a little bit like a stretch though in terms of how they make certain story points work in a different setting. feels kind of pointless really, when i could just be watching Macbeth itself. but its interesting.

and i still say Godard's King Lear is the worst movie ive ever watched in my life.


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Shakespeare Films
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Tbh, Brannagh's Hamlet and Much Ado do much more to contemporize and revitilize interest in Shakespeare than any "update" without changing the setting or plot.


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Shakespeare Films
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pave wrote:
i kind of like Scotland, PA, but mainly because im interested in modern adaptations in general. they always feel a little bit like a stretch though in terms of how they make certain story points work in a different setting. feels kind of pointless really, when i could just be watching Macbeth itself. but its interesting.
For me the worst part about it was the guy who played McBeth. What a horrible and unexpressive actor. For me the only good part was the interpretation of the weird sisters, and capturing the one moment in time when Maura Tierney was way hot. Dat upper lip.


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Shakespeare Films
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Sherick wrote:
Tbh, Brannagh's Hamlet and Much Ado do much more to contemporize and revitilize interest in Shakespeare than any "update" without changing the setting or plot.


i think Branagh is extremely underrated because don't like some of his choices (casting hollywood actors, the musical-esque grand shots, etc). but i think he's a genius. other than Lemmon in Hamlet, everyone else was perfectly cast. Billy Crystal as the Gravedigger is one of the greatest unrecognized casting decisions in history. who else would have done that? and Heston was born to play the Player King. people get so wrapped up in wanting classically trained actors that they forget the essence of the characters being cast. Heston got cast to play an over-the-top actor. all i ever hear is "well you gotta get people who can handle the language" as if the language is truly that difficult. its not. granted, in two cases i would agree. Lemmon, who mumbled his way through it, and Reeves in Much Ado which was just funny (Keaton on the other hand was brilliant). not to mention, Branagh is far far more interesting to watch act than Olivier. i'd definitely take Sir Ian first on that list, but Branagh's not far behind after Burton, William Hutt (who's work is hard to find though), and Gielgud as far as the great Shakespearean actors imo.


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Shakespeare Films
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Yes.

I'm pretty sure casting Reeves was part of either a joke or a bet. Gotta tell ya, it made the movie that much funnier. I wish I could find a gif of him at the masquerade taking his mask off to reveal the exact same soulless expression underneath.
Even though it wasn't a Brannagh production, his Othello was pretty legit too. Fishburne was the perfect casting, and Brannagh himself made Iago more complex and charismatic than I've seen him.


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Shakespeare Films
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Could Shane Meadows' Dead Man's Shoes make the list?


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I'm just happy to see Forbidden Planet up there. :tiphat:


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Shakespeare Films
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Quinnsy Lohan wrote:
Could Shane Meadows' Dead Man's Shoes make the list?


It's an awesome film, but is it based on a Shakespeare play?


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Shakespeare Films
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It seems like it's based (perhaps only loosely, though) on Hamlet.


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I seriously had no idea The Lion King was based on Hamlet.


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Shakespeare Films
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Bo explains it all
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdaulKE3140
In the last half.


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Holy shit, Titus is awesome. For me it's basically on the same level of Brilliant Pastiche as Pulp Fiction, only where Pulp Fiction went for the cumulative tone of cool bebop record, Titus goes for the tone of a sleazy and operatic underground rock tune. So if you don't like sleazy and operatic underground rock tunes, you may not like this. There's also the fact that, when you put your sophisticated understanding of the horrible realities of empire aside, the idea of a Roman Empire surviving into the modern day is TOTALLY BADASS!


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