The Bard on the Big Screen: Much Ado About ‘Much Ado,’ ‘Shakespeare in Love,’ and More

Shakespeare adaptations range from the muddled to the magnificent. What's your favorite big-screen blast of the Bard? Is there some cinematic Shakespeare that deserves more attention than it's received?

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The Son (2004)

Ten years ago today, Le Fils (The Son) played at the Toronto International Film Festival, sending a second wave of rave reviews around the globe. A few months earlier, the film had inspired audiences at the Cannes Film Festival; it was nominated for the Palme d’Or, won the Ecumenical Jury prize, and lead actor Olivier Gourmet won Best Actor. I saw it in 2003, and knew immediately that I had enjoyed a film that would become a personal landmark for me in my moviegoing journeys. I was right.

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