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  1. Forbidden Planet (1956 Film, Video)

    Director
    Fred Wilcox
    Producer
    Nicholas Nayfack

    Science fiction story with a plot derived from The Tempest. In the year 2257, a distant star has three inhabitants - Professor Morbius (Prospero), his daughter Altaira (Miranda), and Robby the Robot (Ariel)....

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  2. Swan of Avon (1956 Video)

    "Shakespeare’s life presented through views of places and things associated with him. Using a model of the Globe, an excerpt from Henry V is performed" [Richard N. Albert, ‘An Annotated Guide to...

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  3. Othello (1955 Film, Video)

    aka: Otello

    Director
    Sergei Yutkevich

    Feature film. Adaptation by Boris Pasternak. Sometimes imaginative, sometimes stolid, the production takes every opportunity to get out of the studio. Sergei Bondarchuk is Othello.

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  4. Julius Caesar (1953 Film, Video)

    Director
    Joseph L Mankiewicz
    Producer
    John Houseman

    Mankiewicz’s version of the tragedy that ‘some Americans regard as their own has stood the test of time’ (The Guardian 2019). With an impressive cast, including Louis Calhern as Caesar, Marlon Brando...

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  5. Kiss Me, Kate (1953 Film, Video)

    Director
    George Sidney
    Producer
    Jack Cummings

    Film (and 3D) adaptation of the Broadway musical in which the leading players in a musical version of The Taming of the Shrew are a married couple whose private life resembles their on-stage roles. With...

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  6. Pound of Flesh (1952 Video)

    aka: Shakespeare and Shylock

    Director
    Katherine Stenholm

    A sermon in which Bob Jones Jr. discusses the challenge of portraying Shylock, also commenting on the literary merits of Shakespeare’s works generally and The Merchant of Venice specifically. Includes...

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  7. Shakespeare’s Theater: The Globe Playhouse (1952 Video)

    aka: Globe Playhouse

    Director
    William E. Jordan; Mildred R. Jordan
    Producer
    William E. Jordan; Mildred R. Jordan

    Educational videotape. Describes the Globe Theatre, and demonstrates the use of the staging areas with excerpts from Julius Caesar, Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet and Macbeth. Produced with...

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  8. Moor’s Pavane, The (1950 Video)

    Director
    Walter Strate

    Condensed version of José Limón’s ballet directed and filmed by Walter Slate. Limón dances the title role.

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  9. Hamlet (1948 Film, Video)

    Director
    Laurence Olivier
    Producer
    Laurence Olivier

    Oscar-winning feature film adaptation of the play directed by and starring Laurence Olivier.

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  10. Henry V (1944 Film, Video)

    Director
    Laurence Olivier
    Producer
    Laurence Olivier

    Feature film and Olivier’s directorial debut. The film opens with a typical performance at the Globe Theatre in 1600, moves gradually into reality for the battle and then returns to the Globe. Intended as...

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