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Not Your Parents' Shakespeare
Ran (1985)
DVD
Van Pelt Video Collection
Call No. DVD 009 990
Kurosawa's blend of Japanese history, Shakespeare's plot of "King Lear", and his own personal feelings about loyalty. Set in 16th century Japan. An aging ruler, Lord Hidetora, attempts peacefully to divide his kingdom among his three sons.
DVD
Van Pelt Video Collection
Call No. DVD 011 294
Fast food and ambition make up a daily special of murder and mystery 70's style. A modern take on Shakespeare's Macbeth.
DVD
Van Pelt Video Collection
Call No. DVD 005 757
Mike - a sensitive narcoleptic who dreams of the mother who abandoned him - and Scott - the rebellious son of a prominent family and the object of Mike's desire - embark on a quest from the grungy streets of Portland to the open highways of the Pacific Northwest, in search of an elusive place called home.
DVD
Van Pelt Video Collection
Call No. DVD 011 862
The fringe characters from Shakespeare's 'Hamlet' take center stage at Elsinore.
Othello (2001)
DVD
Van Pelt Video Collection
Call No. DVD 011 267
A 21st century version of Shakespeare's drama set in modern day London. When political and racial considerations result in the promotion of British policeman John Othello to commissioner, his envious mentor and ostensible best friend, Ben Jago, plots to ruin him -- not only by disgracing him in the workplace, but also by undermining his marriage to ...
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Call No. PR2828 .A23 1993
With his wedding a week away, Claudio can't wait to marry the beautiful young Hero. To distract him, his best friend devises delightful mischief--a romantic trap for the sharp-tongued Beatrice and the man she most loves to hate--Benedick.
DVD
Van Pelt Video Collection
Call No. DVD 011 237
Anachronistic recasting of the Shakespeare tragedy. In 1930's Britain, in the wake of a bloody civil war, the younger brother of the new king sets in motion a monstrous scheme to claim the throne for himself.
DVD
Van Pelt Video Collection
Call No. DVD 011 245
Adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth, set in feudal Japan. Tells the story of a Samurai lord who kills his master and usurps his power in fulfillment of a witch's prophecy.
DVD
Van Pelt Video Collection
Call No. DVD 011 274
Baz Luhrmann's dazzling and unconventional adaptation of William Shakespeare's classic love story is spellbinding. The setting has been moved from its Elizabethan origins to the futuristic backdrop of Verona Beach with these star-crossed lovers.
Henry V (1989)
DVD
Van Pelt Video Collection
Call No. DVD 011 222
Young King Henry of England asserts a hereditary claim to the throne of France, gathering an army and embarking on a course that will lead to one of England's greatest battlefield triumphs and forever change the face of Europe.
Macbeth (1971)
DVD
Van Pelt Video Collection
Call No. DVD 011 244
A classic tragedy about the lust for power and its ultimate bloody consequences. Macbeth is a Scottish war hero whose insane ambition unleashes a cycle of violence. Prompted by the supernatural prophecy of three witches, Macbeth is then goaded by his lady into slaying King Duncan in order to assume the throne. He plunges further into murder and moral ...
Hamlet (2000)
DVD
Van Pelt Video Collection
Call No. DVD 011 208
A contemporary adaptation of Shakespeare's epic story of passion, betrayal and revenge. The president of the Denmark Corporation is dead, and already his wife is remarried to the man suspected of his murder. No one is more troubled by this than her son, Hamlet. Now, after this hostile takeover, trust is impossible, passion is on the rise and vengeance ...
DVD
Van Pelt Video Collection
Call No. DVD 002 853
Two squabbling, 20th-century ex-marrieds are cast as squabbling Renaissance romantics in a musical version of The taming of the shrew. On stage they fight it out and backstage they continue to clash.
DVD
Van Pelt Video Collection | Storage
Call No. DVD 002 793
This musical sets the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet against the backdrop of gang warfare in the slums of New York in the 1950s.
Titus (1999)
DVD
Van Pelt Video Collection
Call No. DVD 011 283
Shakespeare's story of the Roman general Titus Andronicus, who unleashes a cycle of violent revenge when he ignores the pleas for mercy of his captive, the queen of the defeated Goths, Tamora. Presented in a blend of past and present.
DVD
Van Pelt Video Collection
Call No. DVD 012 542
Welcome to the 17th century stage, where Ned Kynaston's performace of Desdemona in Shakespeare's 'Othello' brings the house down nightly. Ned is the "most beautiful woman on the London stage". That is, until the King renounces the royal edict that only men can play women on stage. Enter Maria, Ned's seemingly loyal dresser, who becomes an instant star, ...