Films sometimes use plays as their sources. William Shakespeare has been called the most popular screenwriter in Hollywood. We are likely to assume that any translation of a Shakespeare text into a ‘live’ dramatic form-theatrical performance, film adaptation, television production-will automatically constitute a progressive act. Shakespeare is so frequently adapted because he is a major author. There are also economic and legal factors: Shakespeare is helpfully outside copyright law as well as interesting to adapt.
In IV.iv.2-69, Hamlet has a very dramatic soliloquy that is very effective for the impatient and technologically inclined audience. Gregory Doran directed his production in a way that is different than any other production; he took a risk and made it as modern as possible, without losing the essence of Shakespeare to target a younger audience. A younger audience tends to be more impatient with the content of their movies and TV shows; Doran uses this to his advantage, knowing that it is typically the younger audience that watches TV and videos. By having a strong and familiar cast, he draws the viewer into the video and keeps their attention by moving scenes around and subtracting unnecessary lines. In the rather dramatic soliloquy, Doran cuts out almost half of the lines.
Zorba the Greek can most certainly be categorized as one of the world’s extraordinary films; with its use of all the criterion of greatness, the film expertly shows authentic human condition. Adapted from a Greek novel, Michael Cacoyannis wrote, produced, and directed the masterpiece (Zorba the Greek) in such a way that captures the novel’s stress on both the imperfections and the strengths of human nature. Cacoyannis contrived the motion picture to focus on character and mood instead of plot. Doing so created a film that genuinely depicts the sense of human existence rather than a bunch of scripted actors in front of a camera. The use of interchanging genres helps elaborate the theme of the film: life is often an erratic trip of constantly-changing emotions and incidences, over which we have slim to nil control.
What would a movie be without a flawless cast? Leonardo DiCaprio, who plays the main protagonist as Dom Cobb, puts on a perfect performance in Inception. The other cast members such as Ellen Page and Joseph Levitt play out their parts so well that it engulfs the viewer with the right amount of emphasis to believe their reality. I believe that the Inception crew was perfect because everyone’s acting was on point and they all work together to produce a fabulous cast. Another reason why Inception is the most interesting movie I’ve ever watched is because it allows the viewer to think about what is going to happen next.
I think this adaption of the play was very good, and it gave the younger people a new way of seeing the play. The 2013 Romeo and Juliet, directed by Carlo Carlei, was an okay adaption of the R+J play. Carlei didn't do anything unique or new to the scenery. Carlei wanted to show the watchers the true story of R+J by making it take place in Verona, Italy. Carlei made the scenery resemble the looks of how it would look like in the 1500's.
In King Lear, Shakespeare successfully creates his own vocabulary and rules of grammar that assist in revealing the emotional intensity in the spoken words of a character. Tragedy is the highest form of drama therefore the diction would have to be adequately developed for the audience to gain an appreciation of the genre. This is particularly true to King Lear in Shakespeare’s reconstruction of sentences in order to heighten the emotional intensity of the character. In Lear’s speech the separation of verb and subject with long delaying or expanding interruptions conveys to the audience a sincerity of thought making the action seem genuine, familiar; compelling the audience to feel a sense of pity or fear (catharsis). According
Nominated for an Oscar in 1997’s Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, this appropriation of Romeo and Juliet, based on William Shakespeare’s original works and directed by Baz Luhrmann, is a very dramatic and suspenseful film. This film does an excellent job of combining Shakespearian dialogue with modern imagery. Although this is a story which has been told many times before, Luhrmann keeps the entire storyline exciting. This film tells the classic story of the star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet. The themes of immature blind passion, hatred and prejudice play many roles in this brilliant film.
Someone once said "The important measure of a superior work of literature is its ability to produce in the reader a healthy confusion of please and disquietude." This quote states that some of the best works of literature are the ones that bring on a variety of different emotions as you read them. I agree with this statement; usually works of literature that I've enjoyed the most have made me feel a mixture of pleasure and uneasiness all at the same time. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton and Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare both relate to this quote.
I’m a sucker for these types of movies, and I never get tired of them. So, what I am looking for in a movie is a good film that is guaranteed to catch my eye, and that I will remember. I would also like to be able to share it with others. Rating movies to be bad or good has never really been my thing because I usually get into any movie and end up liking it, sometimes even loving it. What I used to decide if this movie was good or not, I looked for the quality of the score/soundtrack, the character development, and how it was edited.
Take the most popular new romance novel, Twilight, for example. I was thrilled when I heard one of my favorite books, Twilight, was being made into a movie. I simply couldn’t wait to see the characters from the book brought to life on the big screen. However, to my dismay, the movie didn’t even come close to how good the book is. The meat of the book is still found in the movie.