Friday, March 06, 2009

Non-Traditional Adaptations

Over on Metafilter somebody’s asked for “interesting” adaptations of Shakespeare, either in book, film of play form.  The usual suspects are there, Kurosawa, Stoppard, 10 Things I Hate About You, etc…

Here’s a few that were new to me:

Kurosawa’s The Bad Sleep Well (I didn’t know he did a Hamlet?)

A Thousand Clowns (1997, apparently King Lear?)

Good Night Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet


Wow, either it’s a short list or I’ve just seen a whole lot of Shakespeare adaptations. :)


C. B. James said...

Jane Smiley's novel A Thousand Acres is King Lear.

Three Left Hands said...

I took a gender in lit class that compared Shakespeare plays and modern woman writer's adaptations of said plays (Lear vs. A Thousand Acres and The Tempest vs. Mama Day among others) and I just read Christopher Moore's Fool, which is more a riff on Lear than an adaptation, but it is quite good.