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Subgenre Sampler

Looking for RichardLooking for Richard (1996) Recommended
Dir. Al Pacino
Feat. Alec Baldwin, Kevin Spacey, Winona Ryder
Al Pacino's pet project, and his directing debut, explores the American actor's paradoxical obsessions with Shakespeare, debunking some of the…
Richard IIIRichard III (1996) Recommended
Dir. Richard Loncraine
Feat. Ian McKellen, Annette Bening, Robert Downey Jnr.
Transposed to a fascist 1930s Britain, Shakespeare's classic tale of power politics easily renews its timeless appeal. Ian McKellen commands every…
Tromeo and JulietTromeo and Juliet (1996)
Dir. Lloyd Kaufman
Feat. Jane Jansen, Will Keenan, Valentine Miele
Tromatized version of 'Romeo and Juliet' resets the world's most famous love story in contemporary Manhattan, with body piercings, kinky sex and…
Twelfth NightTwelfth Night (1996)
Dir. Trevor Nunn
Feat. Helena Bonham Carter, Richard E. Grant, Nigel Hawthorne
William Shakespeare is rediscovered yet again, in one of his wittier flights of fancy, served up with such 90s icons as Helena Bonham Carter, Richard…
OthelloOthello (1995)
Dir. Oliver Parker
Feat. Kenneth Branagh, Irene Jacob, Laurence Fishburne
Shakespeare's great tragedy of love, jealousy and sheer bloody malice is spiked with a 90s erotic edge. While its stylistic choices only partly…
Much Ado About NothingMuch Ado About Nothing (1993) Recommended
Dir. Kenneth Branagh
Feat. Kenneth Branagh, Denzel Washington, Keanu Reeves
Kenneth Branagh plunders the Bard again and pulls off a rare breed of romantic escapism. Here he somehow modifies the traditional text for an…
Prospero's BooksProspero's Books (1991)
Dir. Peter Greenaway
Feat. John Gielgud
A radically stylised take on Shakespeare's The Tempest, with John Gielgud in the title role upstaged by the graphic opulence on display. Like a good…
Discovering HamletDiscovering Hamlet (1990)
Dir. Mark Olshaker
Feat. Kenneth Branagh, Derek Jacobi, Patrick Stewart
Invaluable documenting of Derek Jacobi's 1988 production of Hamlet with a young Kenneth Branagh in the lead. Focussing solely on the rehearsal…
HamletHamlet (1990) Recommended
Dir. Franco Zeffirelli
Feat. Mel Gibson, Glenn Close, Alan Bates
Mel Gibson pulls off a creditable lead performance as the melancholy Dane, certainly aided by the director's eye for detail, and top supporting…
Henry IVHenry IV (1989)
Dir. Michael Bogdanov
Feat. Michael Cronin, Barry Stanton, Michael Pennington
Michael Pennington and The English Shakespeare Company‚Äôs internationally acclaimed production of Henry IV tells of the aftermath of Henry…

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