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+ Film Recommendations for E316 Shakespeare's Major Plays and Other Shakespeare Courses, Fall 2011, Instructor Alfred J. Drake, Ph.D. at California State University, Fullerton~/hc~<h3>^-=FILM RECOMMENDATIONS FOR SHAKESPEARE COURSES (7/18/2011)=-^{img src="img/wiki_up/title_316.gif"}


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- The Merchant of Venice. Michael Radford directed this 2004 production. It stars Jeremy Irons as Antonio the Merchant, Al Pacino as Shylock, Joseph Fiennes as Bassanio, and Lynn Collins as Portia. (Sony, DVD 2005. 138 minutes.)
+ The Merchant of Venice. Michael Radford directed an excellent 2004 production. It stars Jeremy Irons as Antonio the Merchant, Al Pacino as Shylock, Joseph Fiennes as Bassanio, and Lynn Collins as Portia. (Sony, DVD 2005. 138 minutes.)


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- King Lear. Michael Elliott directed a frail but razor-sharp Laurence Olivier in the most moving production of this play in modern times. Made in 1984, it also stars Diana Rigg (Regan) and John Hurt (the Fool), among others. (Kultur Video, DVD 2000. 158 minutes.) But there are other good versions, among them the just-released 2008 Trevor Nunn production starring Ian McKellen and actors from the Royal Shakespeare Company (PBS, DVD 2009. 150 minutes). I saw this production myself at UCLA's Royce Hall, and McKellen was superb as always, though the production seems to get mixed reviews. There's also Peter Brook's 1971 black & white version starring Paul Scofield, which unfortunately is only available in the US on VHS. (Columbia Tristar GB, VHS. 131 minutes. ASIN: B00004CJCT.) Another interesting choice would be Russian director Grigori Kozintsev's 1975 black & white, English-subtitled production starring Yuri Yarvet as Lear. (Facets, DVD 2007. 132 minutes.) Ditto for Richard Eyre's 1997 Royal National Theatre version starring Ian Holm as the king. (WGBH Boston, DVD 2004. 150 minutes.)
+ King Lear. Michael Elliott directed a frail but razor-sharp Laurence Olivier in the most moving production of this play in modern times. Made in 1984, it also stars Diana Rigg (Regan) and John Hurt (the Fool), among others. (Kultur Video, DVD 2000. 158 minutes.) But there are other good versions, among them the 2008 Trevor Nunn production starring Ian McKellen and actors from the Royal Shakespeare Company (PBS, DVD 2009. 150 minutes). I saw this production myself at UCLA's Royce Hall, and McKellen was superb as always, though the production seems to get mixed reviews. There's also Peter Brook's 1971 black & white version starring Paul Scofield, which unfortunately is only available in the US on VHS. (Columbia Tristar GB, VHS. 131 minutes. ASIN: B00004CJCT.) Another interesting choice would be Russian director Grigori Kozintsev's 1975 black & white, English-subtitled production starring Yuri Yarvet as Lear. (Facets, DVD 2007. 132 minutes.) Ditto for Richard Eyre's 1997 Royal National Theatre version starring Ian Holm as the king. (WGBH Boston, DVD 2004. 150 minutes.)Antony and Cleopatra. A solid recent production is that of Jon Scoffield, 1995. (Lions Gate, DVD 2004. 161 minutes.) Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton shine in Darryl Zanuck and Joseph Mankiewicz's 1963 adaptation Cleopatra (20th-Century Fox, DVD 2006. 192 minutes). Claudette Colbert is excellent in another adaptation, 1934's Cleopatra directed by Cecil B. DeMille. (Universal Studios, DVD 2009. 100 minutes.)
+ Other Roman Plays: For Titus Andronicus see Julie Taymor's 2000 film Titus (20th-Century Fox, DVD 2006. 162 minutes), which stars Anthony Hopkins as the old general and makes a masterpiece of Shakespeare's early, bloody revenge play, or Joseph Mankiewicz's 1953 black & white Julius Caesar, starring Marlon Brando as Marc Antony? "When comes such another?" (Warner Home Video, 2006. 121 minutes.) As for Coriolanus, I know of only one good production, the BBC Shakespeare's.
- Antony and Cleopatra. A solid recent production is that of Jon Scoffield, 1995. (Lions Gate, DVD 2004. 161 minutes.) Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton shine in Darryl Zanuck and Joseph Mankiewicz's 1963 adaptation Cleopatra (20th-Century Fox, DVD 2006. 192 minutes). Claudette Colbert is excellent in another adaptation, 1934's Cleopatra directed by Cecil B. DeMille. (Universal Studios, DVD 2009. 100 minutes.) If you like the Roman plays, by the way, how about Julie Taymor's 2000 film Titus (20th-Century Fox, DVD 2006. 162 minutes), which stars Anthony Hopkins as the old general and makes a masterpiece of Shakespeare's early, bloody revenge play, or Joseph Mankiewicz's 1953 black & white Julius Caesar, starring Marlon Brando as Marc Antony? "When comes such another?" (Warner Home Video, 2006. 121 minutes.)
+ The Tempest. Julie Taymor's 2010 adaptation starring Helen Mirren as "Prospera" is scheduled for release in September 2011 (Touchstone 2011, DVD and Blu-Ray 110 minutes); I can't imagine it will be anything but superb. Until then, I'll recommend the BBC's 1980 production starring Michael Hordern as Prospero and Pippa Guard as Miranda. (BBC, DVD 2003 Comedies Set. 150 minutes.) Some like Derek Jarman's moody 1979 version (Kino Video, DVD 2000. 95 minutes). Loosely inspired by the play is Paul Mazursky's film Tempest starring John Cassavetes, Gena Rowlands, Susan Sarandon, and Molly Ringwald (Sony, DVD 2007. 142 minutes). And don't forget Fred M. Wilcox's 1956 sci-fi film Forbidden Planet, starring Walter Pidgeon and Anne Francis. (Warner Home Video, DVD 2006. 98 minutes.)
- The Tempest. I'll recommend the BBC's 1980 production starring Michael Hordern as Prospero and Pippa Guard as Miranda. (BBC, DVD 2003 Comedies Set. 150 minutes.) Some like Derek Jarman's moody 1979 version (Kino Video, DVD 2000. 95 minutes). Loosely inspired by the play is Paul Mazursky's film Tempest starring John Cassavetes, Gena Rowlands, Susan Sarandon, and Molly Ringwald (Sony, DVD 2007. 142 minutes). And don't forget Fred M. Wilcox's 1956 sci-fi film Forbidden Planet, starring Walter Pidgeon and Anne Francis. (Warner Home Video, DVD 2006. 98 minutes.)



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