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Will and ‘Will’ Struggle to Find the Drama in Shakespeare’s Origin Story

Seeing William Shakespeare as a relatively blank slate doesn't give the audience much to sink their teeth into.

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Asta Nielsen and Fatma Girik’s Hamlets: Old Mysteries, New Problems

Wherein Hamlet is no longer a neurotic male in princely guise but a woman invested with an identity crisis.

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All the World Really Is a Stage in Dominic Dromgoole’s ‘Hamlet: Globe to Globe’

Dromgoole’s account of touring the Globe’s production of Hamlet to almost 200 countries is a moving, funny and enlightening testament to ambitious ventures.

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Shakespeare’s ‘As You Like It’ Trumps Reality TV

Shakespeare's As You Like It employed every signature reality show convention three and a half centuries before television even existed.

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Play Out the Play: Orson Welles’ Chimes at Midnight

Bursting with vertiginous momentum, Chimes at Midnight presents a wonderfully sociable anti-sociality.

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Criterion Draws Fresh Restorations From Welles With ‘Chimes at Midnight’ and ‘The Immortal Story’

In his late period, Orson Welles was just getting started.

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‘Richard III’ Is Ian McKellen’s Glorious Rendition of an Absolute Villain

With Shakespeare's A Game of Thrones rendered into a Fascist version of '30s Britain, be careful whose side you're on.

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10 Great Films Available to Stream This July

For those wanting a little more variety in their viewing diet, we’ve selected ten quality films coming this month to some of the most popular streaming platforms

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Ralph Fiennes and Vanessa Redgrave Re-team in the Almeida’s Excellent ‘Richard III&#8217

Rupert Goold’s spare, intense production divests Richard III of any pantomime associations and boasts an astounding performance from Ralph Fiennes as the treacherous monarch.

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Romeo + Juliet + Baz Luhrmann: Reconsidered

Baz Luhrmann's films are not subtle. So why do I like Romeo + Juliet so much?

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‘Paris Belongs to Us’ Sets the Blueprint for Things to Come

Jacques Rivette's engaging debut sees the New Wave master experimenting with the ingredients he perfected in later films.

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400 Years After His Death, William Shakespeare Has Kept His Cool

“Once you discover Shakespeare, he can be right at the center of your imagination,” said Ian McKellen. “Long may he continue to do just that.”

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Surveying the World As It Twists and Turns: Ten Classics From the Criterion Collection

Keeping your head above the flood of Blu-rays is easier when buoyed by Gilda and Mrs. Robinson.

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‘Pop Sonnets’ Is an Evolutionary Leap for Both Vanilla Ice and Shakespeare

This book is clearly a long labor of love, and a terrific feat of will and intellect.

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Double Take: ‘Yojimbo’ (1961)

When the fighting gets this bad, they don't bother with coffins. Double Take takes sides on Akira Kurosawa's 1961 classic, Yojimbo.

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An Epochal Tragedy Transforms Into a World Cinema Masterwork in ‘Throne of Blood’

By combining Macbeth with elements of traditional Japanese drama, Akira Kurosawa produced a singular, transcultural film experience.

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A Nightly Ritual: Bob Dylan’s Never-Changing Set List

Bob Dylan's current show is a book musical without the book, crafted by the American Shakespeare.

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Abandoned ‘Star Wars’ Plot Points, Episode III: Evolution of Light and Dark

"Minch Yoda"? "Darth Wilson"? "Kane Starkiller"? "Cos Dashit"? "Jaster Mereel"? "Gary Vader"? Who are these guys that brought the Star Wars saga we know to life?

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‘Magic Boy’ Is Dotted With Adorable Animals

Magic Boy is Japanese animated cinema in the style of Disney.

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‘Much Ado About Nothing’: Joss Whedon’s Backyard

As the title announces, these romantic games are more or less nothing. What becomes something, even as it is a lie, is the besmirching of Hero to the point that she appears to deserve, in this man's world, all manner of outcasting, even unto death.

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Stevie Wonder Takes a Knee as Green Day and Others Also Speak Out at Global Citizen Festival

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"The 2017 Global Citizen Festival's message for social action was amplified by Stevie Wonder and many other incredible performers and notable guests.

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