Movie Top Ten William Shakespeare Movies

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  1. Emelee

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    How close to the original stories do the film adaptions need to be? Would a movie like The Lion King count, as it's basically Hamlet but with lions? Or is such movies too far from the original to count?
     
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    1 Macbeth 1971
    2 Romeo and Juliet 68

    based on Shakespeare

    3 Kiss me kate 53 (taming of the shrew with HK)
    4 West side story 61 (Romeo and Juliet)

    5 hamlet 96
     
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  3. Karin Schill

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    Good question. I do think that "The Lion King" is a bit farfetched as I have never seen any Shakespeare connection. I mean if The Lion King counts so does Dallas since it's been pointed out that Bobby and Pam were like Romeo and Juliett. So I think for this round we are looking for movies that are actually adapted from Shakespeares plays and not just movies that has Shakespearan qualities.

    I hope this answers your question. :)
     
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    Never? A nice king with a nice crown prince. The evil uncle who kills the king, blames the prince & takes over the crown himself. How have you missed the connection? It's a copy of Hamlet. Even with the love story. Hamlet & Ophelia = Simba & Nala.

    However, I do agree that it's not really a Hamlet adaptation. Different names, different setting, different twists & turns etc.
     
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  5. Karin Schill

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    Well I think I have probably missed it since I haven't watched the lion king in like 20 years or so. But interesting parallels so thanks for pointing it out. :)
     
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    I have watched a lot of loose adaptations of Shakespeare plays, many of them already mentioned, my favorite being "West Side Story". I happen to have a very complete collection of movies based on his works, but for one reason or another I haven´t started watching them! Lazy moi!

    So here is my limited list:

    1- The Taming of the Shrew (1967)
    2- Titus (1999)
    3- The Merchant of Venice (2004)
     
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    Oh, that's right --- and "The Taming of the Shrew" (1967)
     
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    I've only seen Romeo + Juliet (1996), so I can't make a list this round.
    I've read more Shakespeare plays than I've seen film adaptations. ;)
     
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  9. Karin Schill

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    Well even if you've only watched one movie it still counts. :)
    But yeah there are apparently lots to chose from as there is approx. 410 Shakespeare movie adaptions, meaning that he is the most adapted of all the authors.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_William_Shakespeare_screen_adaptations

    Anyway after giving it some thoughts here is my Shakespeare list:

    1. Taming of the Shrew (1967)

    I really enjoy the way Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton play off each other in this movie. Their chemistry is great and the movie feels modern and funny but without losing it's traditional setting. It's my favorite Shakespeare movie simply because I've rewatched it several times.

    2. West Side Story (1961)
    A bit far-fetched and not a true adaption language wise but I can't help but loving this movie so I have to list it.

    3. Romeo and Juliet (1968)

    I prefer this version to the more modern one since it has a traditional setting and feel to it.

    4. Romeo + Juliet (1996)
    When I was in High School one of our teachers took us to the cinema to watch this movie. I was a bit disappointed with the modern setting. But oh well getting to watch Leo Di Caprio in class is never wrong! ;)

    5. Much Ado About Nothing (1993)
    Another movie that I watched with school and I loved it.

    6. Richard III (1955)
    Laurence Olivier's adaption of this movie. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would.

    7. Henry V (1944)
    Another Laurence Olivier adaption.

    8. The Tempest (1960) TV Movie
    Richard Burton stars in this adaption so I have seen it.

    9. King Lear (1983) TV Movie

    Laurence Olivier's adaption of it. Feels more like a theater play than a movie.

    10. The Merchant of Venice (1973) TV Movie

    Laurence Olivier stars in this adaption as well.
     
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    Good :D now I can join in and list these two...

    1. The Taming Of The Shrew (1967)
    2. West Side Story (1961)
     
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    Miss Piggy and moi want to add "West Side Story" and put it at the top of my list...Thank you Karin!
     
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  12. Karin Schill

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    Last chance to take part in this round. :)
     

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