There have been, many many adaptations of Shakespeare's plays to the silver screen. Some were more faithful to the text, like the Laurence Olivier version of Richard the Third, and others updated the time period, like Baz Luhrmann's Romeo and Juliet (1996) and both Kenneth Branagh's and Joss Whedon's versions of Much Ado About Nothing (1993 and 2013 respectively). Other film makers have made films more loosely inspired by Shakespeare, like Ten Things I Hate About You (1999), which is based on The Taming of the Shrew.
Which is your favourite film adapaptation of one of Shakespeare's plays?
Much Ado About Nothing is my favourite of the plays (I had a reading from it at my wedding), and I wouldn't have thought anything could beat the Kenneth Branagh version, but I love the Joss Whedon one a whole lot. He updated the setting without messing with the text at all and the characters speak the lines as though that's just the way they naturally talk. It's also kind of cool that one of the characters who is normally male was changed to a woman but that that didn't really change the character at all. It's also very sexy.
'Julius Caesar' starring Charlton Heston & Sir John Gielgud.
'Hamlet' with Kenneth Brannagh or Nicol Williamson's version.
'Macbeth' with Orson Welles or Roman Polsnski's version, or Ian McKellen & Judi Dench.
'The Tempest' starring Sir Michael Hordern.
'Romeo & Juliet', Franco Zefferelli's version.
'The Taming of the Shrew' with Richard Burton & Elizabeth Taylor.
'Richard the Third' with Sir Laurence Olivier or Sir Ian McKellen's 'modern' version, or Sir Antony Sher's version.
1967 Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor in Zeffirelli’s
The Taming of the Shrew
Brilliant .... I think they showed a lot of 'how they' were with each other, but in a 'Shakespearean way'.
No wonder the great Zeffirelli cast both of them.BRILLIANT.