April 26, 1564, is the date William Shakespeare was baptized — his date of birth is unknown, but often celebrated as the 23rd. So in his honor, let’s look at the films that have done the most to bring the Bard’s word to the masses today. Like Laurence Olivier a generation before, Kenneth Branagh trained on the Shakespearean stage and then directed and acted in a plethora of Shakespearean works on the big screen. Over the years, Branagh has worked with many of the same actors and production team, from costume designer to soundtrack composer, giving his films a distinct look and feel. He’s finally starring as old Shakespeare himself in All Is True, which premiered late in 2018 in the U.K., and will have a wider release this year in the U.S.
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