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Best 5 Shakespearean Films

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Nov 19, 10

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Prospero's Books (Peter Greenaway, 1991)

Shakespeare's greatest play directed by Peter Greenaway at his most ambitious. An unlikely harmony of page and screen.

Throne of Blood (Akira Kurosawa, 1957)

MacBeth with samurai - specifically with Toshiro Mifune and Akira Kurosawa - that's a combination to be feared and admired.

The Chimes at Midnight (Orson Welles, 1965)

One of Orson Welles best and most overlooked. It also has The Battle of Shrewsbury, aka the greatest battle scene ever.

My Own Private Idaho (Gus Van Sant, 1991)

A curious hybrid of the Henrys (IV pt1, pt2 & 5) told with modern day flair. And before you scoff, Keanu is actually great here.

Hamlet (Kenneth Branagh, 1996)

Branagh's a touch too old, but otherwise an astonishingly faithful adaptation with killer performances from Julie Christie & Kate Winslet.

"Most Shakespearean adaptations would have the Bard rolling in his grave, but here's some successes unlikely to wake dead poets."
- tristanj

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