Of all the dramatic genres in which Shakespeare wrote plays, it is his tragedies which have proved most attractive for directors to adapt to film. It is not difficult to see why this should be. There are inherent problems in successfully accommodating the stage conventions of comedy to those of the screen (see Introductory Note to Comedies), while Shakespeare’s history plays tend to have a limited interest for modern screen audiences. By contrast, Shakespeare’s tragedies have maintained a consistent appeal for both film directors and their movie audiences, new adaptations of particular plays being made repeatedly over the years.
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