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Extracts From 100 Shakespeare Films"West Side Story" + 10 Things I Hate About You" by Daniel Rosenthal

West Side Story (1961)

US, 1961 – 153 mins 

West Side Story magically transmutes Romeo and Juliet’s dramatic momentum and rich verse into the wit and longing of Stephen Sondheim’s lyrics, Leonard Bernstein’s pulsating music and the poetry in motion of Jerome Robbins’ choreography.  1,451 more words

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Vinegar Girl, by Anne Tyler

The Taming of the Shrew used to be one of my favorite plays by Shakespeare. I loved watching Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor spar in the… 608 more words



Staging this play has always presented a challenge, to which Sport for Jove has risen, admirably.

Neither obsequiously purist nor deferentially modern: the production is set in what is ostensibly 1920s era filmmaking, a witness to the rise of aviation and the likes of Amelia Earhart, amongst others, seen to herald a shift of sorts in society’s still-strong subjugation of women. 401 more words


Ding, Dong! The Bard is Dead!

On May 3rd, lovers of literature celebrated the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare.  His detractors, on the other hand, wanted to dance on his grave while singing, 1,389 more words

Comedy Of Errors

My First by The Bard

The third on my list is The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare.

I think I was surprised to be transitioning from no-brainer teen romance novels to some stuff that would look impressive if I throw them around and actually begin liking those impressive works. 350 more words


BBC/RSC Live Anniversary show

Did anyone else watch the BBC’s RSC Live show last night?

To be honest, I’m really glad I didn’t recommend it to my students.  There was a youngish girl stage-side who I spotted ferociously yawning twice in the first half.   282 more words


William Shakespeare

400 years ago today, William Shakespeare breathed his last.

While he lived and died in Elizabeth England, his characters and narratives are universal.

Falling in love, growing old, falling out of love, conflicts with friends, family and neighbors, jealousy, hate, greed were all used within the various narratives of his plays. 300 more words