The Bard’s Birthday

shakespeareAll the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.”
–William Shakespeare (April 23, 1564-April 23, 1616)

This month we celebrate the 450th birthday of William Shakespeare, who penned some of the world’s most brilliant plays and sonnets. I’ve been reading and watching Shakespeare’s plays since high school, but it’s only in recent years that I’ve come to agree whole heartily that he really has no peer.  His quotes are part of our culture.  Some are so common now that they seem trite, but were amazing when they were written.  And some are still amazing and frequently posted on Facebook.  Here are some of his most famous thought-provoking and/or fun quotes.  They are used for love, friendship, self-awareness, motivation honesty  and politics. I bet you’ll put a couple of them on Facebook.  I probably will.

Below are some of the best of the Bard’s plays on film.

  1. Romeo and Juliet (1968) Francesco Zeffirelli directs this stunning film. Beautiful scenery, actors, and music make it the best Romeo and Juliet on film.
  2. Macbeth (1971) Roman Polanski brings all the brutality of the Scottish play to the big screen. Graphic, but really gripping.
  3. Much Ado About Nothing (1993) This Kenneth Branagh-directed flick is rollicking good fun. If you’ve never seen a Shakespearean play or film, this is a good one to start with.
  4. Hamlet (1996). Kenneth Branagh directs and stars in this classic tale of a man out to avenge his father’s murder.
  5. The Hollow Crown (2012). This BBC miniseries spans four of Shakespeare’s history plays: Richard II, Henry IV Parts I and II, and Henry V. Well cast and well acted.

Click here for more Shakespeare on film.  Feel free to post a comment about the Bard.  What is your favorite Shakespeare play, sonnet or quote?  Do you have a favorite film based on one of his works?  Join the conversation.

–Judith Barker and Bonnie James

About Advanced Reading Concepts

President and co-founder of Advanced Reading Concepts Speed Reading Plus, I'm passionate about helping people reach their career and education goals through superior reading skills.
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