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William Shakespeare: Five unconventional movie adaptations
William Shakespeare: Five unconventional movie adaptations

William Shakespeare, whose 450th birthday is being celebrated around the world Wednesday, never seems to go out of vogue for movie directors eager to put their own spin on his classic texts.  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. Ian McKellen's...

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