It’s worth noting this is the only time the full text of the First Folio has been committed to film. Superb crafted the four hours will slip past and are well worth spent.
1996. UK. 242 min. Colour.
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Richard Attenborough, Kenneth Branagh, Julie Christie, Brian Blessed, Derek Jacobi, Kate Winslet, Richard Briers, Billy Crystal, Judi Dench, Gérard Depardieu, John Gielgud, Charlton Heston, Jack Lemmon, John Mills, Timothy Spall, Robin Williams, Ken Dodd
Branagh took his opportunity to film the unexpurgated text of the First Folio with his trademark enthusiasm – and one of the most eclectic all-star casts ever conceived. The result raised a few eyebrows among the highbrow but it remains a supremely watchable and entertaining film and a unique opportunity to experience the unexpurgated glory of the greatest play yet written in English.