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Shakespeare On Film, Part 2
"Hamlet"  •  "King Lear"
"Macbeth"  •  "Othello"

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Shakespeare On Film, Part 1
selected books
selected films

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Shakespeare  On  Film,  Part 1
top of page  •   selected books  •   selected films   •   "A Midsummer Night's Dream"   •   The Henry Plays   •   "Julius Caesar"
"King John"   •   "Merchant of Venice"   •   "Romeo & Juliet"   •   "Taming of The Shrew"

Shakespeare  On  Film,  Part 2
sections below include films based on
"Coriolanus"   •   "Hamlet"   •     •   "King Lear"   •   "Macbeth"   •   "Othello"   •   "The Tempest"

  Hamlet:  Prince  of  Denmark   [circa 1600-02]
The brother of the king of Denmark murders him, succeeds him, and then marries the queen.
The son of the dead king seeks revenge, triggering murder by mistake, poisonings, madness & suicide.

'Hamlet' entry at Wikipedia

Shakespeare's Hamlet New Version book by Rouben Mamoulian  
"Shakespeare's Hamlet: A New Version" [1965]
by Rouben Mamoulian

aka "Hamlet Revised & Interpreted: A Drama Textbook"
Bobbs-Merrill Co. pb [1965] out of print/used
Bobbs-Merrill Co. hardcover [1965] out of print/used
Passion of Hamlet  "Sweet Prince: The Passion of Hamlet - A Novel" [2004]
by Douglas Brode

Florida Academic Press 8¼x5½ pb [5/2004] for $34.95

"Rosencrantz and Guildenstern" [1874 stageplay]
Marion Terry and W.S. Gilbert in the 1908 revival of Gilbert's 1874 stageplay "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern"  British playwright W.S. Gilbert [1836-1911] of the comic operetta team of Gilbert & Sullivan, wrote this comic play as a parody of Shakespeare's "Hamlet"; it was first published in 1874 (after many rejections for production). The first performance was in 1891 in London; first performed on Broadway in 1900; performed on live television in U.K. in 1938stageplay entry at Wikipedia • not listed at IBDb
Kessinger Publng 9x7¼ pb playscript [6/2004] for $12.44
1938 television performance
starring Erik Chitty, Leonard Sachs, Peter Ridgeway, Alexis France, Grahame Clifford & Madge Brindley; kinescope/DVD not available; full credits from IMDb

"Hamlet" [1921 silent] /tt0012249/
starring Danish actress Asta Nielsen [1881-1972]

"Strange Illusion" [P.R.C./General Film Distributors March 1945] /tt0038126/
Directed by Edgar G. Ulmer; starring Jimmy Lydon, Sally Eilers, Warren William
an intriguing modern adaptation of Shakespeare's 'Hamlet' in Ulmer's unique noirish style
watch full movie [uploaded 10/2013; 1:25:09] online at YouTube

"Olivier's  Hamlet"
[Rank/Universal May/Sept 1948]
won Oscar for Best Picture  Olivier's Hamlet  Co-produced, adapted & directed by and starring {Sir} Laurence Olivier; also starring Anthony Quayle, Peter Cushing, Stanley Holloway, Basil Sydney, Eileen Herlie, Norman Wooland, Felix Aylmer, Terence Morgan & Jean Simmons; won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Actor (Olivier), Best B&W Set Decoration, Best B&W Costume Design, nominations for Best Director, Best Supporting Actress (JS) & Best Music Score; won BAFTA for Best Film
Criterion b&w DVD [9/2000] for $26.99
3-disk set: Criterion DVD [8/2006] for $71.99, includes "Henry V" & "Richard III"
Paramount b&w VHS [undated] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb

"Hamlet" [Russia June 1964, USA March 1966]
Russian Hamlet movie  Superb Russian-language film, based on the 1941 translation by Boris Pasternak
Written & directed by Grigori Kozintsev [1905-73]; starring Innokenti Smoktunovsky {as Hamlet}, Anastasiya Vertinskaya, Yuri Tolubeyev, Vladimir Erenberg, Stepan Oleksenko, Mikhail Nazvanov, Elza Radzina, Vadim Medvedev & Igor Dmitriyev
Facets subtitled widescreen b&w DVD [10/2006] for $26.99
full credits at IMDb

"Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead" feature film
[P.B.S./WNET-TV Feb 1991]
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead movie written & directed by Tom Stoppard  An examination of fate and destiny by way of two minor characters from Shakespeare's stageplay "Hamlet". Already killed (without their knowing), the pair meet a traveling troupe of actors and are transported to Elsinore Castle, where the troupe appears as part of Shakespeare's play, insisting that the pair must watch their perform-ance, since nothing exists without an audience. Filmed in Yugoslavia; written & directed by Tom Stoppard; starring Gary Oldman, Tim Roth, Richard Dreyfuss, Joanna Roth, Iain Glen, Donald Sumpter, Joanna Miles & Ian Richardson; won a Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival
Image Ent. color DVD [3/2005] 2 disks for $10.99
Buena Vista Home Video color VHS [9/96] out of prodn/many used
posters from Amazon: 27"x40" for $19.9911"x17" for $14.99
full credits from IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead 1967 stageplay by Tom Stoppard  based on the Tony Award-winning 1967 stageplay by Tom Stoppard
428 performances on Broadway, Oct 1967 to Oct 1968; cast included Paul Hecht, Brian Murray, John Wood, Noel Craig, Ralph Drischell, Roger Hamilton, Michael Holmes, Patricia McAneny, Anne Meacham
Grove Press 8x5¼ pb playscript [1/94] for $10.98
Grove Press 7x4 hardcover [3/71] out of print/used
Broadway credits from IBDbstageplay entry at Wikipedia

"Prince of Jutland" aka "Royal Deceit" [1994]
based on the original XIth Century Danish works of Saxo Grammaticus that were used by
WS for "Hamlet"; starring Gabriel Byrne & Helen Mirren /tt0110891/

"In The Bleak Midwinter" aka "A Midwinter's Tale"
[U.K. 12/1995, Castle Rock/Sony Pictures Classics USA 2/1996]
Bleak Midwinter / Midwinter's Tale movie  Comedy filmed in Old Woking, Surrey, UK; "Spinal Tap for the Shakespearean set" • An out-of-work actor agrees to help his sister save the church in the village of Hope; he decides on a Christmas performance of "Hamlet", and assembles a cast of local misfits. Written & directed by Kenneth Branagh; starring Michael Maloney {as Joe/Hamlet}, Richard Briers {as Henry/Claudius}, Nicholas Farrell {as Tom/Laertes}, Mark Hadfield {as Vernon/Polonius}, Julia Sawalha {as Nina/Ophelia}, John Sessions {as Terry/Queen Gertrude}, Hetta Charnley, Joan Collins, Gerard Horan, Celia Imrie, Jennifer Saunders, Ann Davies, James D. White, Robert Hines, Allie Byrne, Adrian Scarborough, Brian Pettifer, Patrick Doyle & Shaun Prendergast
Warner Bros. Archive Collection b&w DVD-R [1/2011] for $10.49
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipediawatch 1/2010 official trailer [1:32] at YouTube
In the Bleak Midwinter book by Kenneth Branagh  
"In The Bleak Midwinter" [1995] by Kenneth Branagh
This may be either a 'Making of...' diary or the shooting script – or both.
Nick Hern Books 7½x5 pb [12/95] out of print/used

"Ye Yan: The Night Banquet" aka "The Banquet"
[Media Asia Aug 2006]
The Night Banquet  Loosely based on Shakespeare's "Hamlet": When the emperor dies suddenly, the beautiful queen agrees to marry his younger brother, the new emperor; the prince survives an attack and, believing that his uncle murdered his father and ordered the assasination attempt, returns to the imperial castle for revenge; forces converge at an important banquet held on an inauspicious night. Directed by Feng Xiaogeng; starring Ziyi Zhang, Daniel Wu, Xun Zhou, You Ge, Jingwu Ma & Xiaoming Huang
Mega Star widescreen color DVD [undated] 2 disks - out of prodn/used
Bonzai Media widescreen subtitled color DVD [undated] out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDb
producer's official movie page

"Hamlet  2" [Focus Features Aug 2008]
Hamlet 2 movie poster  "The comedy hit of the 2008 Sundance Film Festival". A failed actor turned inept high school drama teacher rallies his Tucson, Arizona students in staging a politically-incorrect musical sequel to Shakespeare's Hamlet. {Actually mostly filmed in Albuquerque, New Mexico.} Co-written & directed by Andrew Fleming; starring Steve Coogan, Catherine Keener, David Arquette, Elisabeth Shue & Amy Poehler
Universal Studios widescreen color DVD [12/2008] for $20.99
full credits at IMDbofficial movie site {requires Flash}

Troilus and Cressida  [circa 1602]

Othello,  The  Moor  of  Venice  [circa 1603]
The villain manipulates the newly-married 'noble Moor' commander of the Venetian forces in Cyprus by
convincing him that his bride is having an affair with the second-in-command. Othello smothers his innocent
bride, and when the villain's wif later proves her innocence, the villain kills her and then the grief-stricken
tragic hero commits suicide.

'Othello' entry at Wikipedia
Othello, The Moor of Venice  
"Othello, The Moor of Venice" play text [circa 1603]
Washington Square Press {Folger Library] mass pb [7/2004] for $5.99
Washington Square Press {Folger Library] 8¼x5½ pb [7/2004] for $7.95
Oxford Univ Press 7¾x5 pb [6/2006] for $8.95
Arden 3rd edition 8x6½ pb [10/96] for $13.99

"The Tragedy of Othello: The Moor of Venice"
[France 1952; U.S.A. 1955; restored in 1991]
Orson Welles' 1952 Othello  Filmed over four years, using Welles' own money, on location in Morocco & Italy. Co-written & directed by & starring Orson Welles; also starring Micheál MacLiammóir, Robert Coote & Suzanne Cloutier; tied for Palme D'Or Prize at the 1952 Cannes Film Festival
Image Ent. b&w DVD [8/99] out of stock/used
Kino Video b&w VHS [yr=?] out of stock/used
Academy b&w VHS [yr=?] out of stock/used
full credits at IMDb
Put Money in Thy Purse  "Put Money in Thy Purse"
by Micheál MacLiammóir, Foreword by Orson Welles

Details of the lengthy and complicated filming of Welles' 1952 "Othello" by the actor who portrayed Iago.
Virgin Books pb [4/94] out of print/rare

"Filming Othello" documentary film [indep 1978] /tt0077547/
Directed by & starring Orson Welles, about the making of his award-winning 1952 production
watch [1:23:19] free online at Internet Archive

"All Night Long"  [1962]
'Othello' is translated to the world of sixties London jazz clubs; "smoky and sensational";
directed by Basil Dearden; starring Patrick McGoohan, Keith Michell, Betsy Blair

"Othello"  [B.H.E./Warner Bros. Dec 1965]
Othello 1965 film  National Theatre of Great Britain's 1965 production starring Laurence Olivier recorded on film. Directed by Stuart Burge; co-starring Maggie Smith, Frank Finlay, Joyce Redman, Derek Jacobi & Robert Lang; nominated for 4 acting Oscars
Warner color VHS [9/98] out of stock/used
full credits at IMDb

"Othello"  [B.B.C.-TimeLife tv movie Oct 1981]
B.B.C. Othello  Directed by Jonathan Miller; starring Anthony Hopkins, Anthony Pedley, Bob Hoskins, Penelope Wilton & Rosemary Leach
available only as part of B.B.C. Complete Tragedies Gift Box Set
full credits at IMDb

"Otello"  [Cannon/MGM-UA Dec 1986]
Verdi's Otello film  Giuseppe Verdi's 1881 Italian-language opera, based on Shakespeare's play.
Adapted & directed by Franco Zeffirelli; starring Plácido Domingo, Katia Ricciarelli, Justino Díaz & Petra Malakova
M.G.M. color DVD [4/2003] for $12.99
Kultur color VHS [8/91] for $23.70
full credits at IMDb

Othello South Africa  "Wm.  Shakespeare's  Othello" [South Africa Dec 1989]
1988 performance in post-apartheid Johannesburg, South Africa. Directed by Janet Suzman; starring John Kani, Richard Haddon Haines, Joanna Weinberg & Dorothy Gould
ArtHaus color DVD [9/2005] for $29.99
full credits at IMDb
Othello 1990 film  "Othello" [Royal National Theater filmed play June 1990]
Set during the American Civil War. Directed by Trevor Nunn; starring Willard White, Ian McKellen (as Iago), Imogen Stubbs & Zoë Wanamaker
Image Ent. color DVD [11/2004] for $22.99
color VHS [yr=?] out of stock/rare
full credits at IMDb
Othello 1995 film  "Othello" [Castle Rock/Columbia Dec 1995]
Truncated version, not recommended. Adapted & directed by Oliver Parker; starring Laurence Fishburne, Irène Jacob, Kenneth Branagh, Nathaniel Parker, Michael Maloney & Anna Patrick
Turner widescreen DVD [1/2000] for $14.99
Sony color VHS [2/94] out of stock/used
full credits at IMDb
Omkara musical film directed & composed by Vishal Bharadwaj  "Omkara" [Shemaroo/Eros India July 2006]
An updated, uniquely Indian musical version of Shakespeare's Othello, set in modern rural Uttar Pradesh. Co-written, directed & original music by Vishal Bharadwaj; starring Ajay Devgan, Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Bipasha Basu, Vivek Oberoi, Naseeruddin Shah & Konkona Sen Sharma
Eros Ent. color DVD [4/2007] 2 disks for $17.99
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

All's Well That Ends Well  [circa 1603]

Measure for Measure  [1603]

King  Lear  [1605]
The king decides to abdicate the throne and divide the kingdom between his three daughters,
which sets off bickering and madness and murder.

'King Lear' entry at Wikipedia

"Omnibus: King Lear" [CBS-TV air date 18 Oct 1953]
Omnibus King Lear starring Orson Welles  73-minute condensed version of Wm. Shakespeare's 1605 stageplay
Hosted by Alistair Cooke, directed by Peter Brook; starring Orson
, Natasha Parry, Margaret Phillips, Beatrice Straight & Alan Badel
E1 Entertainment b&w DVD [2/2010] for $27.49
Xenon b&w VHS [2/2002] out of prodn/used
episode credits at IMDbseries credits at IMDb

"King Lear" aka 'Korol Lir'
[Russia Feb 1971, USA Aug 1975]
Russian King Lear movie   Superb Russian-language film, based on the 1941 translation by Boris Pasternak
Written & directed by Grigori Kozintsev [1905-73], co-directed by Iosif Shapiro; starring Jüri Järvet {as Lear}, Galina Volchek, Elza Radzina, Valentina Shendrikova, Regimantas Adomaitis, Donatas Banionis, Karl Sebris, Juozas Budraitis, Oleg Dal, Roman Gromadsky & Nikolai Kuzmin
Facets subtitled widescreen b&w DVD [1/2007] for $26.99
full credits at IMDb

"King Lear" [1971] by Peter Brook, with Paul Scofield as Lear

"King Lear" [1984]
Directed by Michael Elliott, with Laurence Olivier as Lear

Kurosawa's  "Ran (Chaos)"  [Japan 1985]
Kurosawa's Ran  
poster for Kurosawa's Ran available at  
Based on Wm. Shakespeare's 'King Lear': An aging warlord of Japan decides to split his kingdom between his three sons, who will live in three separate castles. The title means 'chaos'; co-written & directed by Akira Kurosawa [1910-98]; starring Tatsuya Nakadai, Akira Terao, Jinpachi Nezu, Mieko Harada, Daisuke Ryu & Yoshiko Miyazaki; nominated for Best Director, Best Cinematography & Best Art Direction Oscars, won Oscar for Best Costumes; won BAFTA for Best Foreign Language Film
LionsGate widescreen color Blu-ray w/subtitles [2/2010] for $23.99
Criterion color DVD w/subtitles [11/2005] 2 discs - out of prodn/used
Fox Lorber color DVD w/subtitles [4/2003] out of prodn/used
Fox Lorber color DVD w/subtitles [8/98] out of prodn/used
Fox Lorber letterbox VHS w/subtitles [3/98] for $8.98
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

"Ran" art book [1986] by Akira Kurosawa
the paintings used to design the epic film
Shambhala pb [9/86] for $19.95

Godard's "King Lear"
[Cannon France 1987, USA Jan 1988]
Godard's King Lear movie poster  Godard's intellectually-challenging Lear takes place in a post-Chernobyl parallel universe, more gonzo cinema than Shakespearean drama. Written & directed by and starring Jean-Luc Godard; also starring Peter Sellars, Burgess Meredith, Molly Ringwald, Woody Allen, Norman Mailer, Kate Mailer, Julie Delpy, Freddy Buache, Leos Carax, Suzanne Lanza & Michèle Pétin
not available on DVD; Cinematheque Collection color VHS [10/92] out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDb
11"x17" poster from Amazon for $9.99

The  Tragedy  of  Macbeth  [1606]
An 11th-century Scottish nobleman, under pressure by his ruthless wife, murders his soveriegn,
is proclaimed king in his stead, then is undone by his own character flaws.

'Macbeth' entry at Wikipedia

Polanski's "Macbeth"

Wajda's "Siberian Lady Macbeth" 1961

Macbeth" 1963 by GSchaefer

"Macbeth" [2007] by Aussie director Geoffrey Wright

b&w feature film [Mercury/Republic Oct 1948]
Orson Welles' Macbeth  Produced, adapted & directed by & starring Orson Welles [1915-85]; co-starring Jeanette Nolan, Dan O'Herlihy, Roddy McDowall, Edgar Barrier & Erskine Sanford
Republic b&w DVD [1/98] out of prodn/used
Republic b&w VHS [1/98] out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDb

"Throne  of  Blood" aka 'Kumonosu  jo'
[Jan 1957; US release Nov 1961]
Throne of Blood   Based on Shakespeare's 'Macbeth': After a great military victory, two noble warriors are promoted by the emperor; Washizu's wife plots with him to take over the throne. Co-written & directed by Akira Kurosawa [1910-98]; starring Toshirô Mifune, Isuzu Yamada, Minoru Chiaki & Takashi Shimura
Home Vision b&w DVD [5/2003] for $29.66
Home Vision b&w VHS [2/99] for $29.95
full credits at IMDb

"Macbeth: The Comedy" [2001] /tt0293859/

"The Tragedy of Macbeth" animated feature  [DVD release Dec 2012]
'Tragedy of Macbeth' animated feature starring the Robot Shakespeare Company  95-minute animated film starring the Robot Shakespeare Company with Shakespeare's
original text and subtitles in modern English;
co-produced, directed & voices by Dan
Gallagher; co-produced & voices by James Curcione; voices by Mirai Booth-Ong
Bright Red Prodns color DVD [12/2012] for $14.99
credits at IMDbofficial producer website
see also Spirit of America Bookstore's William Shakespeare [1564-1616] Page

The  Tragedy  of  Coriolanus  [circa 1607]
'Coriolanus' stageplay entry at Wikipedia

"The Tragedy of Coriolanus" [1984] /tt0086467/

"Coriolanus" [Weinstein Company Nov 2011]
poster for 2011 Coriolanus movie by Ralph Fiennes  Shakespeare's play in modern military dress, with modern weapons.
Directed by {debut} & starring Ralph Fiennes; adapted by John Logan;
also starring Gerard Butler, Brian Cox, Vanessa Redgrave & Eddie Marsan
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available • full credits at IMDb

Antony  &  Cleopatra  [circa 1607]

"Antony and Cleopatra" [160 mins.; 1972]
Directed by & starring Charlton Heston, with Hildegard Neil & Eric Porter

The Life of Timon of Athens  [circa 1607]

Pericles, Prince of Tyre  [circa 1607-08]

Cymbeline  [circa 1609]

The Winter's Tale  [circa 1610-11]

The  Tempest  [1611]
'The Tempest' stageplay entry at Wikipedia

“Forbidden Planet” sci-fi movie [1956]

“The Tempest” [Touchstone Pictures Dec 2010]
Co-produced, written & directed by Julie Taymor; based on the play by Wm. Shakespeare; starring Helen Mirren
{as Prospera}, Russell Brand, Alfred Molina, Djimon Hounsou, Alan Cumming, Chris Cooper, Ben Whishaw,
David Strathairn, Felicity Jones & Tom Conti
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available • full credits at IMDbofficial movie site

The Two Noble Kinsmen  [1613]

Henry VIII  [1613]

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