6 Shakespeare Adaptations from the last 20 Years
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6 Shakespeare Adaptations from the last 20 Years

by Byron Bixler & Jacqueline Borwick Coriolanus (Fiennes, 2011) For his directorial debut, Ralph Fiennes teamed up with screenwriter John Logan (who previously penned The Aviator, The Last Samurai and Gladiator) to take on the tragedy Coriolanus. Written by Shakespeare in his later years, the original play has often been neglected, placed in the shadows … Continue reading

Macbeth (1948)
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Macbeth (1948)

by Kai NealisWilliam Shakespeare’s Macbeth has been adapted for the screen nearly 25 times in one way or another since its first short, silent rendition in 1908 by James Stuart Blackton. Among the most notable adaptations are the Indian crime drama revamp Maqbool, set in modern day Mumbai from director Vishal Bhardwaj, Roman Polanski’s grandiose … Continue reading

Phoenix
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Phoenix

by Gabriella PakemanNelly Lenz: “I no longer exist. Would you recognize me?” Lene Winter: “You look beautiful.” Nelly: “That’s not the point.” Taken completely out of context, this excerpt of conversation gives the impression of a woman consoling her insecure friend. In all actuality, it serves as the foundation of a story in which a … Continue reading

King Lear (1987)
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King Lear (1987)

by Joel KalowThere is probably no artist so synonymous with storytelling as Shakespeare. It’s difficult to imagine a world where love does not bring to mind Romeo and Juliet; betrayal, Othello; revenge, Hamlet. A world where some words just don’t exist: “eyeball,” “generous,” “torture,” “moonbeam.” These stories, characters, phrases and words permeate our collective unconscious … Continue reading