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Tuesday, January 2, 2007
More on Shakespeare movies
Last Friday, a Brainiac post from Evan invited us to participate in a game -- one sparked by Tyler Cowen's response to a recent book by Ron Rosenbaum -- of listing one's favorite Shakespeare movies.
As it happens, back in September the Globe's Susan Vermazen, who is photo editor for both Ideas and the various Arts sections, put together a snazzy photo gallery version of Rosenbaum's list, to support a Globe story on Rosenbaum's book. Take a peek!
My own favorite Shakespeare movie, for purely sentimental reasons, is Laurence Olivier's "The Chronicle History of King Henry the Fift with His Battell Fought at Agincourt in France" (1944).
When I was 9 or 10, and vacationing at my beloved Aunt Maggie's summer house in a small town in the mountains of Pennsylvania, my aunt rented the movie and projected it (this was pre-DVD, of course) onto an interior wall of the fire station one evening, and the whole town showed up to watch it. My cousins and I sold popcorn. Magic!