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Shakespeare Studies: Shakespeare on Film

Theatre in Video

 The Phillips Library has a collection of videos including Shakespearean performances and documentaries. The series by BBC Television in association with Time-Life is housed in  the Library and contains 37 of his plays.  The titles are clusterea at Media PR2905 .

Now Available on DVD

Shakespeare on Film

The Shakespeare's Globe Theatre production of Richard II from the 2003 Season of Regime Change, starring Mark Rylance and directed by Tim Carroll, aims to replicate the authentic Shakespearean experience as accurately as possible.  This all-male interpretation was filmed and aired on BBC Four in late 2003.  A number of clips from this "original practices" production are available on YouTube.  In his dual role as actor and Artistic Director for the Globe Theatre, Rylance was recognized (and often criticized) for his attempts to envision and re-create Shakespeare's plays as they may have appeared to Shakespeare's original audiences.  While watching this clip, observe the meticulous attention to detail in the construction of the Theatre, the stage decoration, and the lavish costumes.  But, more importantly, pay attention to the interplay between actor and audience that the open playing space of the Globe Theatre encourages.      

On DVD: Coriolanus


Marking his directorial debut, actor Ralph Fiennes (Schindler's List, The English Patient) takes the helm of a new film version of Coriolanus.  The screenplay was written by John Logan (Gladiator, The Aviator, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street), and Fiennes gives Shakespeare's tale of Coriolanus, the hero and great soldier of Rome who falls from grace, a contemporary setting.  The film was shot in Serbia and Fiennes employed a number of actual Serbian military men to play soldiers in the film.  Aside from directing the film, Fiennes takes on the role of Coriolanus alongside a stellar cast which includes Gerard Butler as Aufidius, Brian Cox as Menenius, and Vanessa Redgrave as Volumina. 

On DVD: The Tempest

Director Julie Taymor changes the gender of the main character from Prospero to Prospera in her film version of Shakespeare's "The Tempest".  The film's outstanding cast features Academy Award winner Helen Mirren as Prospera, Alfred Molina as Stephano, Russell Brand as Trinculo, and Djimon Hounsou as Caliban. 

On DVD: Shakespeare in Love

Shakespeare in Love

A young Shakespeare, out of ideas and short of cash, meets his ideal woman and is inspired to write one of his most famous plays. Best Picture of 1998, this film written by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard, is directed by John Madden and stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes, and Geoffrey Rush.


Literature Film Quarterly Journal

Theater Talk

Theater talk

Theater Talk is a television series devoted to the world of the stage.  CUNY TV provides on-demand streaming of these wonderful interviews with theatre's most interesting and influential artists. 

Which Actor is your favorite Hamlet?

There have been a number of outstanding Hamlets throughout the ages - which recent stage or film Hamlet is your favorite?

Which Actor is your favorite Hamlet?
Jude Law: 0 votes (0%)
David Tennant: 4 votes (66.67%)
Ralph Fiennes: 0 votes (0%)
Mel Gibson: 0 votes (0%)
Ethan Hawke: 1 votes (16.67%)
Kenneth Branagh: 1 votes (16.67%)
Total Votes: 6

Books on Shakespeare and Film

Internet Movie Database (IMDb)

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