Bardolatry

All the World’s a Soundstage

Wherein the members of Clan Murphy wax lyrical & sometimes critical (with an eye to aiding teachers & students) about the most popular screenwriter of all time: William Shakespeare

  • Roman Polanski’s 1971 Macbeth

    starring Jon Finch and Francesca Annis Brutal Context It’s impossible to watch Roman Polanski’s haunting Macbeth and not be uncomfortably reminded of the gruesome circumstances that inspired it....

  • William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet (1996) directed by Baz Luhrmann

    starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes Shakespeare for Middle-Schoolers I was a gawky, four-eyed twelve-year old when this movie was released in 1996. I was negotiating, for the first time, the t...

  • Macbeth (1998) starring Sean Pertwee, directed by Michael Bogdanov

    Mad Max Macbeth From the back of the box: “Sean Pertwee plays the painfully ambitious royal who schemes to murder so he can ascend to the throne in this superior version of William Shakespeare’s...

  • House of Cards: An Elizabethan Drama

    a Netflix Original Series Based on the BBC miniseries, House of Cards  Executive produced by David Fincher Starring Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, Rooney Mara reviewed by John Murphy Kevin Spacey has rec...

  • Twelfth Night (1996) directed by Trevor Nunn

      Starring Imogen Stubbs, Helena Bonham-Carter, Ben Kingsley, Toby Stephens, and Nigel Hawthorne reviewed (again) 2010 by John Murphy (for John’s 2004 review, click here) One of the nice th...

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Roman Polanski’s 1971 Macbeth

starring Jon Finch and Francesca Annis Brutal Context It’s impossible to watch Roman Polanski’s haunting Macbeth and not be uncomfortably reminded of the gruesome circumstanc...

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