Virtual History of Film: Shakespeare at the Movies with Greg Blank, Filmmaker, Film Historian

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Unsurprisingly, given his stature as one of the greatest writers in the English language, William Shakespeare (1564-1616) has directly or indirectly inspired a huge number of films.  In addition to the countless film adaptations of classics like Hamlet, The Merchant of Venice and Henry V, countless other films are surprisingly based on his stories.  We will look at West Side Story (based on Romeo & Juliet), The Lion King (based on Hamlet) and Forbidden Planet (based on The Tempest), among others ~ some known and some not so well known!


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