Juliana and I were very excited to sit down and record our second episode of In the Movies! We both love Shakespeare movies but Juliana is a self-proclaimed "theatre kid" so she came prepared with a lot more knowledge and love and a big book of Shakespeare.
We didn't watch Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing together, but we did together watch our favorites, David Tennant and Catherine Tate, play Benedick and Beatrice in the West End's Wyndham's Theatre production of Much Ado About Nothing. (Recorded live in London, September 2011.) Juliana, being a Shakespeare nerd, has seen many interpretations of many Shakespeare plays in her time. I've seen a few in high school and a few movies. I wanted to see another version of Much Ado to give me some perspective on Whedon's version. If you can get your hands on it, I highly recommend watching the Tennant & Tate production. They are a dream comedy team.
We talk a lot about the beauty of Whedon's movie and how Shakespeare is best when watched, not when awkwardly read aloud by a teenager in a classroom. We also mention how many movies are loosely based on Shakespeare plays, and you might not even know it. Here's a list of some of them, and other classic literature that got interpreted in modern cinema, on the Geek & Sundry blog.
We hope you enjoy this episode and it encourages you to check out some Shakespeare movies that you didn't think you'd be able to understand or like. We're really looking forward to sharing episode 3 next Friday because it's a topic very important to us; Women in Film.
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