The Rogue’s Guide to Shakespeare on Film #38: Henry V (1944)
38. Laurence Olivier’s Henry V (1944) So last week I barely endured all the shit-mongering of Michael Almereyda’s Hamlet, which seemed even worse this time than the previous times I’ve watched it. Rather than careen at Almereyda’s Cymbeline, I took pity on myself and watched something—anything—else. What I picked was Olivier’s Henry V, which I… Continue reading
The Rogue’s Guide to Shakespeare on Film #14: Richard III (1955)
#14. Richard III (1955) I’ve decided to deviate from my survey of Kenneth Branagh films lest this guide get too tedious, especially since his miserable Love’s Labour Lost is lurking for me like some malicious ghost. (The very prospect scared me away for a month.) Instead, I pivot to that first British actor and director… Continue reading
Shakespearing #28.1: Four Observations About Othello
Shakespearing #28.1 by John King Four Observations About Othello 1. In Shakespeare is Hard, But So is Life, the Irish theater critic Fintan O’Toole says, If you look at the character of Othello in isolation, and in particular if you look at him through the notion of the “tragic flaw’, then he is not, for all… Continue reading
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