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What you need to know about modern Shakespeare film adaptations (like Romeo and Juliet 2013)

“The Reconciliation of the Montagues and the Capulets over the Dead Bodies of Romeo and Juliet,” by Frederick Leighton, 1855 – if only film critics could get along so well!

“The Reconciliation of the Montagues and the Capulets over the Dead Bodies of Romeo and Juliet,” by Frederick Leighton, 1855 – if only film critics could get along so well!

All the world’s a stage, so it’s no surprise that the same scripts keep getting used over and over again, especially when they’re as classic as Shakespeare. Making a Shakespeare film adaptation is one of those challenges that many film directors and actors have as a career goal, and given the continued appearance of those films in the mass media, audiences are eager to see how the films are brought to a modern audience. Whether it’s Joss Whedon’s Much ado about Nothing, which was just released on Blu-ray, or the 2013 Romeo and Juliet incarnation scripted by Julian Fellowes of Downton Abbey, here’s what you need to know about the recent Shakespeare films – whether it’s to keep up with dorm room discussion or as a lead in to a good research topic for your next Shakespeare paper! Read more