365 Days of Shakespeare

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203. Exactly WHO did not realize these were Shakespeare?

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I stumbled across a webpage that has a list of five films that “You Might Not Know Were Shakespeare”, listing five recent, popular movies that have plots based (sometimes rather loosely) on Shakespeare’s plays.

Okay, if you are part of the child/adolescent set that is the key demographic for these movies, you have an excuse. Apart from that, if you didn’t at least hear that these movies were based on Shakespeare, you may, perhaps, have been in a cave.

The list:

1. 10 Things I Hate About You: Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew gets a modern-day face-lift in this high school comedy starring Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger. Because of its cult-like following, the movie even inspired a TV show on ABC Family.

2. O: Again with teenagers in high school doing Shakespeare, this dark film is an update of Othello. The coach’s son, Hugo, is a little too jealous of teammate Odin … well, you know how this ends.

3. She’s the Man: And while we’re on the subject of teenage flicks, this one’s a twist on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Main character Viola is disguised as a man; chaos ensues.

4. The Lion King: King is killed by brother; son of king must avenge his death. It’s impossible not to see the similarities between this Disney film and Hamlet. (I thought this list wasn’t supposed to be obvious!)

5. West Side Story: Musical adaption of Romeo and Juliet is just as heart-breaking as the real deal.


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  1. The Lion King 1.5 – Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead. Not exactly Shakespeare, but a fun related play.

    Noah Downs

    April 26, 2010 at 12:03 PM

  2. YES! So fantastic.


    April 26, 2010 at 12:17 PM

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