On Tuesday, I shared my favorite film versions of Shakespeare’s plays. Today, I’m sharing my favorite works inspired by Shakespeare. Most are [versions] of the plays, some are simply inspired by the plays or Shakespeare’s life.
1. 10 Things I Hate About You – This is one of my favorite versions of The Taming of the Shrew. I think it’s the first movie I saw Heath Ledger in. It’s one of those movies I pull out when I’m down because it always makes me feel better.
3. Atomic Shakespeare – This episode of Moonlighting was my first experience of Shakespeare that I remember. I don’t think it was my absolute first experience, because I recall having an idea who Shakespeare was when the episode aired, but I’m pretty sure it was the first sort of performance I saw. It may have been the gateway drug to my current obsession. Just an aside: Does the Moonlighting theme make you go all gooey the way it does me? Ahem…anyway, I was lucky enough to find the whole episode:
4. ShakespeaRe-Told: The Taming of the Shrew – I can’t include all the ShakespeaRe-Told series because I wasn’t able to see all of them. Of those I did see, this was my absolute favorite. Many men look absolutely ridiculous in drag, but a handful look damn sexy. Rufus Sewell is one of them. The rest of the cast is perfect as well – Shirley Henderson (from Harry Potter), Jaime Murray (from Warehouse 13), and Twiggy! I couldn’t find a proper trailer, but this fan video does a pretty good job of highlighting the best parts. (Can I have that velvet coat, pretty please?)
5. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead – Unfortunately, this is a movie I often recommend to people who then come back and say “I don’t get it.” It is a bit surreal, but that’s part of what I love about it. This was another introduction to actors I still love today: Gary Oldman and Tim Roth. Again, I couldn’t find an official trailer, so a fan-made one will have to do.
6. Shakespeare In Love – Also by Tom Stoppard, who wrote Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, this one is an imagining of a part of Shakespeare’s life. I love all the little easter eggs in the story. This is another one I watch when I’m down.
Are there any I’ve missed that you would recommend? I know I still have several “updates” of Shakespeare in my Netflix queue which I haven’t seen yet. Those (or your suggestions) might make it into next year’s list.