Now it’s over four hundred years since Shakespeare passed away. However, as it always happens with the greatest genius, he seems to be still alive; now more than ever. Because his work is still in everything: from our expressions to the most fabulous piece of art. It’s so deep in our roots that we still see some of his work without even noticing. So, to celebrate the anniversary of the most well-known English writer worldwide, let’s remember his influence…even in films that are not precisely Shakespearean.
1. ‘Letters To Juliet’
“In fair Verona, where we lay our scene…” Well, this scene actually happened in a hotel in Siena. Of course, you think that there will be something about Romeo and Juliet in this film…even if it’s only the name of Juliet. However, Amanda Seyfried and Chris Egan left us a beautiful scene in which they recited these famous verses…
“Doubt thou the stars are fire;
Doubt that the sun doth move;
Doubt truth to be a liar;
But never doubt I love.”
However, writers should have been a little more careful: those verses are not from Romeo and Juliet…they’re from Hamlet!
2. ‘New Moon’
If you wanted to hear something of Romeo and Juliet in the previous film, do not worry. Now it’s time to remember this great quote from the play of the world’s most famous star-crossed lovers:
“These Violent Delights Have Violent Ends
And In Their Triumph Die, Like Fire And Powder,
Which As They Kiss Consume”
And yeah, it’s suitable for another couple, even though they’re far away of Romeo and Juliet’s category. However, it was nice that Edward decided to dedicate these words to Bella…even if it’s English class only!
3. V for Vendetta
While V is talking to Evey about his plans to bring down the Parliament, he also uses a quotation to support his argument, but he didn’t know that it could also be a way of comforting Evey, as the words he recites are from her favourite play: Macbeth.
“I dare do all that may become a man;
Who dares do more, is none”
4. The King’s Speech
Yes, that’s an easy example. But nobody should miss these wonderful verses recited by a wonderful actor like Geoffrey Rush. Here, the collection is complete: choose the play you want to listen and there he will be…ready with some of its verses. In this case, these verses from The Tempest should be the ones selected.
“Be not afeard; the isle is full of noises,
Sounds, and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not.
Sometimes a thousand twangling instruments
Will hum about mine ears; and sometime voices,
That, if I then had waked after long sleep,
Will make me sleep again: and then, in dreaming,
The clouds methought would open, and show riches
Ready to drop upon me; that, when I waked,
I cried to dream again.”
5. ‘Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban’
Come on, did you really think that J.K Rowling was not going to include some of Shakespeare inside her Harry Potter’s saga? The question is: where is it hidden? Verses can be recited…but also sung! And in Harry Potter’s third year at Hogwarts, the choir sang a song in the opening ceremony:
“Double, double, toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and cauldron bubble!
Double, double, toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and cauldron bubble!
Something wicked this way comes.”
Those are verses that match really well with a story in witchcraft is essential; that’s what the three witches say in Macbeth!
Really, Shakespeare is everywhere!