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The Best Shakespeare Films

400 years have passed since William Shakespeare died on April 23rd, 1616. I recently finished Stephen Greenblatt’s amazing 2004 book “Will in the World”, which vividly brings the Bard to life in a way that feels down to earth. By using the historical facts and records of Shakespeare’s life that we have, and tying them … Continue reading The Best Shakespeare Films

Ivanhoe

THE ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME! In the late 1100s, the disowned son (Anthony Andrews) of a Saxon nobleman (Michael Hordern) returns from the Crusades and becomes involved in the struggle between Saxons and Normans. The big Hollywood treatment of the famous Walter Scott novel came in 1952, but this TV movie is a more ambitious version … Continue reading Ivanhoe

Death on the Nile

While traveling on the Nile on board the riverboat Karnak, Hercule Poirot (Peter Ustinov) passes time solving the murder of a young, female passenger. Meticulously staged in terms of costumes and production design, this murder mystery has its similarities with Murder on the Orient Express (1974). Everything looks just dandy and Poirot has an all-star … Continue reading Death on the Nile