Here's another idea that came out of the comments. In the latest Tempest movie by Julie Taymor, Caliban is black. What do you think that choice says about the Tempest as allegory for colonialism? (That's not a direct quote, so if Charlene wants to reword her original question, kindly do so). The larger question to me is, what do you look at when you see a Shakespeare production? Do you look for "meta" things like this that speak to the director's vision?
Here's my thoughts : As a general rule? I don't care about that stuff. At all. I go into every production (and really, a good movie as well) thinking of it as a parallel universe into which I get a front row seat. I assume that the people are real. I don't get to ask why Caliban is black in this one any more than I get to ask when I'm 5'7". I just am. Caliban is just black in this universe. No biggie.
Know what I mean? This was always one of the reasons I was concerned for teaching Shakespeare (back to that topic). I follow the homework boards and always cringe when I see questions about how Shakespeare sets the mood or what he uses to symbolize something or why he uses one literary device over another. I'm sure that these are important to understand, but I think that forever living in that space means that you never climb inside the universe he creates, either. It's impossible to do both, you cannot immerse yourself in the experience of two characters, you cannot simultaneously think "Ophelia said" and "Shakespeare had Ophelia say".
Apparently, in The Godfather movies (or maybe just the first one), there are oranges in every scene where somebody dies. That's certtainly one of these "meta" things we're talking about. I couldn't go through all the bad things in my life and say "Hey, wait a second, somebody was always wearing purple!" What I'm wondering is, does knowing this or not knowing this alter your understanding and/or appreciation of the movie? It has a certain degree of interest, sure. It shows up in the "Trivia" bits for the movie. But unless you are a student of film making, is it important for you to know this?