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Top 5 Shakespeare Film Adaptations

To celebrate the release of Julie Taymor's The Tempest, we look at the five greatest Shakespeare plays adapted for film

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To celebrate the release of Julie Taymor's The Tempest, we look at the five greatest Shakespeare plays adapted for film.

Hamlet (Laurence Olivier, 1948)
Leaning towards the popular Oedipal interpretation of the story, Olivier's take on Hamlet won him a Best Picture Oscar

Ran (Akira Kurosawa, 1985)
The legend behind Seven Samurai made King Lear his own, brilliantly transposing the story onto feudal Japan

Romeo + Juliet (Baz Luhrmann, 1996)
The defining modern dress Shakespeare adaptation, making English lessons more fun for everyone

Henry V (Kenneth Branagh, 1989)
The young, ambitious Branagh turned the play into a war movie, inspiring a new era of Shakespeare productions

Chimes at Midnight (Orson Welles, 1965)
Starring Welles as Falstaff, this epic idiosyncratically combines Richard II, Henry IV, The Merry Wives of Windsor and Henry V

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