Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Terry Teachout recommends:

Here's Terry Teachout's Top Nine Shakespeare films (of the 420 film adaptations of the Bard's plays)
I would have added Kenneth Branagh's Henry V along side Olivier's version to the mix if only to illustrate how fascinatingly varied are the interpretations of the plays. Same words; two great performances; totally different impressions left with the viewer.
And speaking of William Walton's score of the Olivier version, there's a lot to be said for Patrick Doyle's musical contribution to the Branagh too.
Hat tip to Dave Lull.


  1. Well, at least he didn't include Branagh's "Love's Labours Lost" -- whatever one may think of it as a film, Shakespeare it was not.

    I very much liked the Ian McKellen/Judi Dench Macbeth, but that may have been a TV film only.

    He doesn't include Schofield's King Lear which I thought a fantastic film.

    I agree on Laurence Olivier's Hamlet and Chimes at Midnight, I think these are both great movies.
    I prefer Olivier's Othello (not listed) to his Henry V, but that Henry V was made in WW2 in a very consciously allegorial way and on no budget.

  2. LOL...this Terry Teachout post and the one above it have links that is too long. You've pushed Frank's sidebar to the bottom of the page!