Bard on Film

Shakespeare crosses media often and is interpreted in film in a number of styles, times and places. The Bard Brawl’s critics look at as those films and gives our take.


Coriolanus, (2011);

Director, Ralph Fiennes; screenplay John Logan. Critiqued by brawler Jay Reid.

Henry VI, Part I

The First Part of Henry the Sixth, (1983);

Director, Jane Howell. Critiqued by brawler Eric Jean.

King Lear

King Lear, (1987);

Director, Jean-Luc Godard. Writers (uncredited), Richard DebuisneJean-Luc GodardNorman Mailer and Peter Sellars. Critiqued by brawler Zoey Baldwin.

The Tudors S03 E05 (Problems in the Reformation), (2009);

Director, Jeremy Podeswa; Writer/Creator Michael Hirst. Critiqued by brawler Daniel J. Rowe.


Scotland, Pa., (2001);

Director/Writer, Billy Morrisette. Critiqued by brawler Jay Reid.

Merchant of Venice

Merchant of Venice, (2004);

Director,Michael Radford; screenplay, Michael Radford. Critiqued by brawler Andre Simoneau.

Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing, (2012);

Director, Joss Whedon; screenplay, Joss Whedon. Critiqued by brawler Miki Laval.


Othello, (1981);

Director, Jonathan Miller. Critiqued by brawler Daniel J. Rowe.

Richard II

The Hollow Crown S01E01; Richard II, (2012);

Director Rupert Goold. Critiqued by brawler Daniel J. Rowe.

Richard III

Looking for Richard, (1996);

Director, Al Pacino; Writers: Frederick Kimball and Al Pacino. Critiqued by brawler Laura MacDonald.

Richard III(1955);

Director, Laurence Olivier; adaptation, David Garrick. Critiqued by brawler Daniel J. Rowe.

Romeo and Juliet

Romeo + Juliet, (1996);

Director, Baz Luhrmann; screenplay, Craig Pearce. Critiqued by brawler Miki Laval.

West Side Story, (1961);

Directors, Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise; screenplay, Ernest Lehman. Critiqued by brawler Daniel J. Rowe.

Taming of the Shrew

The Taming of the Shrew, (1967);

Director, Franco Zefferelli; Critiqued by brawler Miki Laval.

The Taming of the Shrew, (1980);

Director, Jonathan Miller; Critiqued by brawler Daniel J. Rowe.

10 Things I Hate About You, (1999)

Director, Gil Junger; Critiqued by Laura MacDonald.

Twelfth Night

She’s the Man, (2006);

Director, Andy Fickman; Writers, Ewan Leslie and Karen McCullah Lutz; Critiqued by brawler Zoey Baldwin.

Shakespeare Inspired

Muse of Fire(2013);

Directors/writers: Dan Poole, Giles Terara; critiqued by brawler Daniel J. Rowe.

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