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Subgenre Sampler

AnonymousAnonymous (2011)
Dir. Roland Emmerich
Feat. Rhys Ifans, Vanessa Redgrave, David Thewlis
Enjoyable hokum posits that the true writer of Shakespeare's plays was in fact the Earl of Oxford. Some of Britain's finest thesps – including…
CoriolanusCoriolanus (2011) Recommended
Dir. Ralph Fiennes
Feat. Ralph Fiennes, Gerard Butler, Jessica Chastain
Ralph Fiennes directs this fierce adaptation of Shakespeare's second–longest play, transposing the Bard's text to modern day Rome, where…
Hunky DoryHunky Dory (2011)
Dir. Marc Evans
Feat. Minnie Driver
Feel–good period drama plays it safe in its rose–tinted remembrance of the '70s, where an earnest drama teacher (Driver) brings together…
Private RomeoPrivate Romeo (2011)
Dir. Alan Brown
Feat. Seth Numrich, Matt Doyle, Hale Appleman
Utterly disarming and inventive retelling of Romeo and Juliet, set in an all–boys Military Academy where love blooms between two cadets.
Tempest, TheTempest, The (2010)
Dir. Julie Taymor
Feat. Helen Mirren, Felicity Jones, Djimon Hounsou
Julie Taymor takes on The Bard once more with distinctly eye–popping results, and in a further deviation gives Helen Mirren the role of…
HamletHamlet (2009) Recommended
Dir. Gregory Doran
Feat. David Tennant, Patrick Stewart, Oliver Ford Davies
An outstanding, visually sumptuous Royal Shakespeare Company modernization of the Bard's much–filmed play, with David Tennant mercurial in the…
Me and Orson WellesMe and Orson Welles (2009) Recommended
Dir. Richard Linklater
Feat. Zac Efron, Claire Danes, Christian McKay
Dir. Richard Linklater impeccably evokes the charms of 30's New York for this traditional backstage drama that has great affection for the era and…
King LearKing Lear (2007)
Dir. Trevor Nunn
Feat. Ian McKellen, Frances Barber, Sylvester McCoy
The Royal Shakespeare Company's 2007 adaptation sees McKellen as his commanding best in the titular role, with an equally terrific performance from…
Othello Othello (2007)
Dir. Wilson Milam
Feat. Tim McInnerny, Eamonn Walker, Zoe Tapper
Live recording of the Shakespearian tragedy of racial tension and raging jealousy, performed here for the first time at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre.…
As You Like ItAs You Like It (2006)
Dir. Kenneth Branagh
Feat. Bryce Dallas Howard, Romola Garai, Alfred Molina
Kenneth Branagh transplants the Bard’s comedy to old Japan in this talent–stacked tale of woman's flight from persecution and into the arms…

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