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  • Writer's pictureEllen Cheshire

Shakespeare Around the Globe: Cinematic Adaptations


In preparation for a talk in June 2024 on film adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays for Chichester Literary Society last year I asked on twitter, for recommendations of cinematic adaptation of Shakespeare. The response was overwhelming with many new titles to add to my must watch list. So much so, that a list was needed!

Keep the conversation going using hashtag #ShakespeareAroundTheGlobe @cheshellen


Booking now open for Searching For William – Aspects of William Shakespeare, a special programme hosted by author Simon Brett will include aspects of William Shakespeare’s London life, costume and fashion and a look at how his works have been played out around the world in film. Speakers for the day are Prof. Duncan Salkeld, Prof. Bridget Escolme and me!

Saturday 15 June, 10.30 - 4pm. Tickets £30 (inc lunch)


And here's the list...


Apologies if I missed any of your suggestions, it was quite lively! Here’s the link to the original twitter thread.


A Comedy of Errors

Angoor (1982, Gulzar)

Recommended by: @robinalexbaker


Coriolanus

Coriolanus (2011, Ralph Fiennes)

Recommended by: @K__McGee


Hamlet

Hamlet (1921, Svend Gade and Heinz Schall)

Recommended by: @PamHutch @byronic


The Lion King (1994, Rob Minkoff and Roger Allers)

Recommended by: @bloodybishop


Hamlet liikemaailmassa (1987, Aki Kaurismäki)

Recommended by: @neufunkaum


Hamlet (1964, Grigori Kozintsev)

Recommended by: @AnneBillson @CulturalSnow @SimonNewton5 @byronic

Haider (2014, Vishal Bhardwaj)

Recommended by: @robinalexbaker @yooday @tig14


Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (1990, Tom Stoppard)

Recommended by: @fuzzynick


The Bad Sleep Well (1960, Akira Kurosawa)

Recommended by: @IanNabney


Henry IV

My Own Private Idaho (1991, Gus Van Sant)

Recommended by: @scottcthompson @MCoxinScotland

Henry V

Henry V (1944, Laurence Olivier)

Recommended by: @TheAndrewF @ScottishLute @IMDBartlett


Henry V (1989, Kenneth Branagh)

Recommended by: @TheAndrewF @IMDBartlett


Chimes at Midnight (1967, Orson Welles)

Recommended by: @jasclarkewriter @AtkinsonPA1 @NJStreitberger @IMDBartlett @CulturalSnow


Hollow Crown series

Recommended by: @ConductorRobin


King Lear

King Lear (1935, State Yiddish Theater in Moscow)

Recommended by: @papers_on


Ran (1985, Akira Kurosawa)

Recommended by: @jasclarkewriter @robinalexbaker @MarinaSofia8 @flanderosa @bloodybishop @sherbetsaucers @rosstermad @IMDBartlett


King Lear (1971, Peter Brook)

Recommended by: @culham_mark


King Lear (1971, Grigori Kozintsev)

Recommended by: @SimonNewton5


A do not watch recommendation: King Lear (1999, Brian Blessed and Tony Rotherham)


Macbeth

Macbeth (1979, Philip Casson and Trevor Nunn)

Recommended by: @CulturalSnow


Macbeth on the Estate (1997, Penny Woolcock)

Recommended by: @byronic


Macbeth (1983, Bela Tarr)

Recommended by: @SaltyFilm


Macbeth (1987, Claude D'anna)

Recommended by: @SaltyFilm


Makibefo (1999, Alexander Abela)

Recommended by: @SaltyFilm

Throne of Blood (1957, Akira Kurosawa)

Recommended by: @robinalexbaker @thasceles @flanderosa @SimonNewton5 @TheAndrewF @bloodybishop @rosstermad @IMDBartlett

Macbeth (1971, Roman Polanksi)

Recommended by: @IMDBartlett


The Tragedy of Macbeth (2021, Joel Coen)

Recommended by: @thasceles @TheAndrewF @rosstermad


Joe MacBeth (1955, Ken Hughes)

Recommended by: @psychojography


Men of Respect (1991, William Reilly)

Recommended by: @SonOfSirico


Maqbool (2004, Vishal Bhardwaj)

Recommended by: @robinalexbaker @tig14


A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Strange Magic (2015, Gary Rydstrom)

Recommended by: @jasclarkewriter


A Midsummer Night's Dream (1959, Jiří Trnka)

Recommended by: @rosstermad


A Midsummer Night's Dream (2022, Creation Theatre)

Recommended by: @annainjozi


Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing (2012, Joss Whedon)

Recommended by: @IMDBartlett


Othello

Omkara (2006, Vishal Bhardwaj)

Recommended by: @robinalexbaker @FloStadt


Othello: National Theatre (2013, Nicholas Hytner)

Recommended by: @annainjozi


Othello (1951, Orson Welles)

Recommended by: @rickburin @IMDBartlett


All Night Long (1962, Basil Dearden)

Recommended by: @wb_gooderham


Richard III

Looking for Richard (1996, Al Pacino)

Recommended by: @MCoxinScotland


Richard III (1995, Richard Loncraine)

Recommended by: @cellulord @thasceles @Claire__M @byronic @ballooonmh @rosstermad


Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet (1968, Franco Zeffirelli)

Recommended by: @ScottishLute


Romeo & Juliet (2013, Carlo Carlei)

Recommended by: @enchantedbyfilm

William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet (1996, Baz Luhrmann)

Recommended by: @enchantedbyfilm @SimonNewton5 @annainjozi @rosstermad


West Side Story (1961, Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise)

Recommended by: @SimonNewton5


Sonnets

The Angelic Conversation (1985, Derek Jarman)

Recommended by: @Claire__M



The Taming of the Shrew

10 Things I Hate About You (1999, Gil Junger)

Recommended by: @MCoxinScotland @enchantedbyfilm @rosstermad @IMDBartlett


The Tempest

The Tempest (1979, Derek Jarman)

Recommended by: @ballooonmh @IMDBartlett @CulturalSnow @Claire__M


Prospero's Books (1991, Peter Greenaway)

Recommended by: @CulturalSnow @wb_gooderham


The Tempest (1908, Percy Stow)

Recommended by: @norloll @PamHutch

Forbidden Planet (1956, Nicholas Nayfack)

Recommended by: @Tombo_h


Three Colours: Red (1994, Kristof Kieslowski)

Recommended by: @MattTempest


Titus Andronicus

Titus (1999, Julie Taymor)

Recommended by: @CulturalSnow @byronic @rosstermad


The Hungry (2017, Bornila Chatterjee)

Recommended by: @SaltyFilm


Troilus and Cressida

Troilus and Cressida: RSC (2018, Gregory Doran)

Recommended by: @annainjozi


Twelfth Night

She's the Man (2006, Andy Fickman)

Recommended by: @enchantedbyfilm

Twelfth Night: National Theatre (2020, Simon Godwin)

Recommended by: @annainjozi


A Winter's Tale

A Tale of Winter (1992, Eric Rhomer)

Recommended by: @culham_mark @IanNabney



Happy viewing and keep the conversation going using hashtag #ShakespeareAroundTheGlobe. Meanwhile enjoy a number from one of my fave Shakespeare re-workings, Brush Up Your Shakespeare from Kiss Me, Kate! (1953, George Sidney).


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