Does anyone have a favourite film version of a Shakespeare play?
For Hamlet my favourite is probably the one directed by Tony Richardson's from 1969. Very claustrophobic setting filmed at the Roundhouse in London with no outdoor or location filming. I love Nicol Williamson as Hamlet although he always seems to get lots of criticism - I think you either love him or hate him, he is one of my favourite actors and wish he done more films. Anthony Hopkins is a very young Claudius, and Marianne Faithfull is Ophelia.
For King Lear my favourite is the one directed by Peter Brook from 1970. Paul Scofield is Lear. Its very dark and brooding, filmed in black and white, lots of misty bleak location shooting.
For Macbeth I'd go for the Roman Polanski's 1971 film. Love Jon Finch as Macbeth, another favourite actor.
My favourite film version of Othello is Orson Welles' version from 1952. Welles directs and plays Othello. Incredibly beautiful back and white filming.
Richard III - think I'd go with the one with Ian McKellen from 1996 set in a 1930s fascist version of England. Love Ian McKellen's performance and some really interesting use of location filming.
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