Most of Shakespeare's plays have been adapted for the big screen multiple times over, ranging from faithful (Laurence Olivier's "Hamlet") to wildly unconventional (Baz Luhrmann's "Romeo + Juliet"). Because Shakespeare's plays exist in the public domain, adapting them for the movies is an economical way of co-opting some literary prestige.
In the past 20 years or so, the unconventional appears to have outnumbered the faithful.
Here are five more unconventional Shakespeare adaptations committed to the big screen, their creative liberties often taking precedence over the Bard's text.
"Caesar Must Die": This Italian film directed by the Taviani brothers depicts a production of "Julius Caesar" mounted by inmates of the maximum security Rebibbia prison in Rome. The movie, which won the top prize at the
"Prospero's Books": Shakespearean adaptations don't get much stranger than Peter Greenaway's take on
"My Own Private Idaho": Gus Van Sant transposed "Henry IV" and parts of "Henry V" to Portland, Ore., with