Shakespeare on film: what’s your favourite?

You may – or may not – know that I’m currently doing a Shakespeare Studies MA and would be really interested to know the following:

  • What is your favourite Shakespeare FILM and who directed it/starred in it?
  • Why is it your favourite?
  • Did you know the story before you saw the film?

And whilst these are the main things I want to know, please say as much or as little as you want about the reasons for your choice

To help prompt you, some of the better-known versions of Shakespeare on film include:

  • As You Like It (Branagh)
  • Hamlet (Branagh)
  • Hamlet (Zeffirelli)
  • Hamlet (Olivier)
  • Hamlet (Almereyda)
  • Henry V (Branagh)
  • Henry V (Olivier)
  • King Lear (Kozintsev)
  • King Lear (Brook)
  • Love’s Labour’s Lost (Branagh)
  • Much Ado About Nothing (Branagh)
  • Macbeth (Welles)
  • Macbeth (Polanski)
  • Othello (Welles)
  • Richard III (Olivier)
  • Richard III (Loncraine)
  • Romeo and Juliet (Luhrmann)
  • Romeo and Juliet (Zeffirelli)

I am trying to get as many views as possible and to understand (from your point-of-view) what makes a film a success. Please pass this request on to as many of your friends/colleagues as possible.

Hope to hear from you.

Aidan