Time Out's 25 Best Shakespeare-To-Screen Adaptations
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It would seem a no-brainer: Combine the world's most revered dramatist with today's most popular medium. Alas, translating the Bard to the big screen has proved trickier than anyone ever thought. In ranking the 25 most successful attempts, TONY tapped its Film and Theater experts. Their only ground rule: No plots about the playwright himself would be eligible. (Sorry, Shakespeare in Love fans). But any adaptations of the plays themselves, loose or faithful, were fair game.
So if top-25 lists be the food of love, read on.
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Campanadas a medianoche1965 — a.k.a. Chimes at Midnight, in 11 top lists Check
The Tragedy of Macbeth1971, in 2 top lists Check
Ran1985, in 25 top lists Check
The Tragedy of Othello: The Moor of Venice1951 — a.k.a. Othello, in 6 top lists Check
Kumonosu-jô1957 — a.k.a. Throne of Blood, in 17 top lists Check
My Own Private Idaho1991, in 10 top lists Check
Henry V1989, in 2 top lists Check
Richard III1955, in 6 top lists Check
Hamlet1948, in 10 top lists Check
Romeo and Juliet1968, in 5 top lists Check
Hamlet2000, in 2 top lists Check
Richard III1995, in 2 top lists Check
Titus1999, in 1 top list Check
Much Ado About Nothing1993, in 0 top lists Check
Forbidden Planet1956, in 9 top lists Check
Prospero's Books1991, in 4 top lists Check
Romeo + Juliet1996, in 7 top lists Check
The Chronicle History of King Henry the Fifth...1944 — a.k.a. Henry V, in 12 top lists Check
Hamlet1996, in 0 top lists Check
A Midsummer Night's Dream1935, in 4 top lists Check
The Merchant of Venice2004, in 1 top list Check
The Tempest1979, in 1 top list Check
King Lear1970, in 1 top list Check
Twelfth Night or What You Will1996, in 0 top lists Check
Julius Caesar1953, in 4 top lists Check
Last updated on Feb 14, 2014; source