I rejected “Romeo + Juliet” when it first came out, preferring to be a purist in regards to Shakespeare’s plays. However, when I started teaching at-risk high school students, I found “Romeo + Juliet” to be a great vehicle to bring Shakespeare’s words to those who otherwise would shun them. Other tools I have used include “No Fear Shakepeare” texts published by Spark Notes and the movies “10 Things I Hate About You” (Taming of the Shrew) and “Gnomeo and Juliet.”
Shakespeare. It’s the most famous name in the English language, ringing proudly out across the British Isles. From his first works on stage around the 1590s to Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing in 2012, Shakespeare has been at the heart of literary culture for more than four hundred years, and his influence has spread around the world. In celebration of his 450th birthday this week, it’s time to look at his impact not just on the written word but on the world of cinema, as we count down the top ten best Shakespeares on film.
10. The Tempest (2010)
Let’s get something straight: Julie Taymor’s take on The Tempest isn’t a particularly good one. Despite her amazing cast – Ben Whishaw and Alfred Molina among them – Taymor’s film is slow and confused, with an overload of special effects that can’t hide its choppy pace and tone. What it…
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