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10 Greatest Shakespeare Film Adaptations


I liked this list on popmatters of The 10 Greatest Shakespeare Film Adaptations of All Time.

I agree with the Baz Luhrmann Romeo and Juliet – as much as that version was reviled by many, it was equally as celebrated by others, I among them. I enjoyed the creative interpretation and the modern take, though John Leguizamo left much to be desired as Tybalt. I was also happy to see the Kenneth Branagh version of Much Ado About Nothing make the list – it’s one of my favourite Shakespeare plays, and the adaptation is brilliant. I love Emma Thompson, and she made a perfect Beatrice. Let’s all just conveniently block out the Keanu Reeves bits, shall we?

There are many on the list I haven’t seen – I have some homework to do.

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2 Responses to “10 Greatest Shakespeare Film Adaptations”

  1. They really should have made a top 20 list, there are so many good Shakespeare films out there. I’d like to add the 1996 Twelfth Night with Ben Kingsley–immensely watchable. And, if adaptations are allowed, Ten Things I Hate About You makes contemporary and attractive sense out of The Taming of the Shrew.

  2. Beth Carswell

    Ooh, I agree about the Kingsley Twelfth Night – but I tend to love antyhing Kingsley-related. I liked the 10 Things I Hate About You, as well – and while I am horribly embarrassed to admit it, the very-very-very-very-loosely-based-on-Twelfth-Night teen comedy of “She’s the Man”. I understand it was largely bad, but it was also still enjoyable and funny.

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