Five feature adaptations of the classic plays by Shakespeare.
The Taming Of The Shrew:
Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton sparkle in Shakespeare's comic look at male chauvinism and women's lib. Petruchio journeys to Padua in search of a wealthy wife, encountering the fiery Katharina, a self-willed shrew who leads Petruchio on a merry chase with Katharina as determined to maintain her independence as Petruchio is to "tame" her.
To see Paul Scofield as Lear is to see nobility turn to pauperdom, pride to a frenzy of madness, manhood to senility, in the course of a single and unique dramatic experience. Directed by Peter Brook, his mastery and maturity are seen at their most stunning level. This performance and this direction, must surely count as one of the classics in the history of great Shakespearean drama on film.
Roman Polanski presents his nightmarish vision of Shakespeare's classic tragedy about the lust for power - and its bloody consequences. Prompted by the supernatural prophecy of three witches, Macbeth is goaded by his Lady into slaying King Duncan and assuming his throne. While his wife crumbles away in guilt and madness, the haunted Macbeth fights to prevent another dark forecast which may doom him.
Branagh's Henry V is a coming-of-age film, following a young playboy prince as he is forced to assume the responsibility of leadership, through the siege of Harfleur and Henry's stirring exhortation to his small army, to the dramatic victory at Agincourt. Featuring a stellar cast, including Derek Jacobi, Paul Scofield, Ian Holm, Robbie Coltrane and Judi Dench this Oscar winner is not to be missed.
Nicol Williamson stars as Hamlet, the young prince of Denmark whose father is murdered by his uncle Claudius. Hamlet is torn between the desire to avenge his father's death and his reluctance to shed blood. In the end, tragedy destroys them all including the lovely Ophelia.