What Should I Watch?

February 19, 2010 at 6:50 pm (Asides, Film Adaptations) (, , , , , )

I’m thinking ahead about which film versions of each play I should watch. Please give me your suggestions.

The Wikipedia article looks pretty good, so I’m using that as a starting place. I think I am going to focus on the more recent films, although I will consider going back further (like the 1960s and maybe even the 1950s) when there are films that are really must-sees (like West Side Story and Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliet).

I plan to watch all the BBC productions. I’m looking forward to seeing Roger Daltrey in A Comedy of Errors!

I’ll watch Franco Zeffirelli’s films and anything Kenneth Branagh touched, as well.

So, I feel like I have a solid foundation on basic productions. Any other suggestions? What about the old ones directed by Laurence Olivier—are they good? What else? Help me.

I also want suggestions for good or interesting adaptations. Thanks to Renee who commented about loving adaptations like West Side Story and listed several others.

Here are a few I’m considering:

Henry IV: My Own Private Idaho

King Lear: A Thousand Acres, Ran

Macbeth: Scotland PA, Throne of Blood

Othello: O

The Comedy of Errors: The Boys from Syracuse

The Taming of the Shrew: Kiss Me Kate, Ten Things I Hate About You

The Tempest: Prospero’s Books

Twelfth Night: She’s the Man, Just One of the Guys

Renee and everyone—help me fill out my to-watch list and please warn me away from losers. 

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