Even though its themes are surprisingly contemporary, Measure for Measure has never been filmed (not in English at any rate — there was an Italian version made in the 1940s, but the print is believed lost). This is surely a missed opportunity, as the play is certainly a more promising prospect for the cinema than Love’s Labour’s Lost, 2 Henry IV and Titus Andronicus, all of which have been made into films. In an age when American presidents are impeached for lying about sexual affairs, when the media trades on kiss-and-tell stories, there is plenty of cultural material about to make a stunning Measure for Measure film — but since Hollywood producers are also frequently accused of using their casting couches for sexual bargains, perhaps such a film would hit too close to home.
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