Shakespeare: A Hundred Years on Film fills a gap in the world of film literature and celebrates the hundredth anniversary of the first filmed work of the Bard, revealing his continuing international appeal reflected in the success of Shakespeare in Love.

This comprehensive guide includes annotations on the film versions of Shakespeare’s plays, as well as filmed stage performances and films based on or inspired by his works. Also included are other films with Shakespearean scenes, films about his life, his works and the environment and much more.

Each film is listed under the original title with dramatis personae and a brief synopsis of the story. Divided into three categories (pure Shakespeare, derivative of Shakespeare, and opera or ballet) the films are listed chronologically.

Each entry includes:

  • Title
  • Director
  • Lead players
  • Country
  • Production company
  • Black & white/colour
  • Language and year of production
  • Wide screen
  • Silent or stereo
  • Awards

Also included in brief form is a list of films featuring quotations from Shakespeare.


Eddie Sammons has been interested in the cinema and Shakespeare and has contributed to the literature on the subject in specialist magazines. The present book is the fruit of many years’ research.

The market for the book includes film institutes, universities and colleges, public and specialist libraries, Shakespearean institutes and specialist bodies, students of cinema, cinema lovers in general and Shakespeare aficionados in particular.


‘The book’s worth lies in its world-wide comprehensiveness – his research has been
Luke McKernan, Head of Information, British Universities Film & Video Council.