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Why do Shakespeare’s plays make such popular films?

All the world's a screen

By Kevin Jackson  

Now read: How rich was Shakespeare? 

“You can’t really appreciate Shakespeare unless you know him in the original Klingon,” grumbles an alien warrior in Star Trek: The Unknown Country. It’s a nice joke, and more than just a swipe at the Klingons’ notorious tendency towards Cultural Appropriation. Whether or not the screenwriters knew it, the gag has a long ancestry: it goes back at least as far as the story of the earnest German schoolteacher pleading…

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