Today, Ian said to me that Taymor's The Tempest was far from the definitive film version of that play. Which made me think of a question.
What are the definitive versions?
Choose a Shakespeare play, and tell me what you feel is the definitive film version of that play. Availability of the film in question is not relevant - if ever in your life you get a chance to see Chimes At Midnight, you must see it. Please explain what your working definition of "definitive" is.
If we need some form of common ground to start the discussion, let me offer this - the definitive version is the one you would recommend to someone who has little/no experience with the play. This film will be their first exposure to it, therefore you want their experience to be as close to Shakespeare's ideal vision as possible.
Feel free to debate that, too. :) But no fair saying "go see it live", this is specifically about the ability to share a film, and to know that you can see a film, recommend it to a friend, and then have the experience of that film in common with others. That's near impossible with live theatre.