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Alice's Playhouse

In Alice's Playhouse you will discover an exceptional collection of feature films adapted from some of the most celebrated plays ever written. Often featuring towering performances, outstanding direction and exceptional writing, this collection is a superb archive of contemporary drama masterfully transferred to the silver screen. Filmizations of The Bard's work may be scrolled via the 'Shakespeare' sub-feature in green on the left, along with other notable playwrights who have been adapted for celluloid. For adaptations of novels and short stories, check the 'Special Interest' link and click on 'Based on...' Right: Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh relax during the filming of Tennessee Williams' masterpiece, 'A Streetcar Named Desire'.

C S Lewis Through the Shadowlands ( aka Shadowlands ) (1985)

Director: Norman Stone
Starring: Joss Ackland, Claire Bloom, David Waller

Aka "Shadowlands". A real-life incident involving two major literary figures was dramatized for British television in 1985 under the title 'Shadowland... Read more

Caesar and Cleopatra (1945)

6.4/10
Director: Gabriel Pascal
Starring: Vivien Leigh, Claude Rains, Stewart Granger, Flora Robson

George Bernard Shaw's exuberantly witty play about Rome's titanic leader and Egypt's young queen was transferred to the big screen with stars Vivien L... Read more

Carnage (2011)

7.2/10
Director: Roman Polanski
Starring: Jodie Foster, John C Reilly, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz

After a playground scuffle between two boys results in one losing some teeth, the injured lad's parents (Jodie Foster, John C. Reilly) invite the othe... Read more

Clash By Night (1952)

7.2/10
Director: Fritz Lang
Starring: Barbara Stanwyck, Paul Douglas, Marilyn Monroe, Robert Ryan

Barbara Stanwyck gives a dynamic performance in this steamy psychodrama as the penned-up wife of a boring fishing boat captain whose yearning for exci... Read more

Closer (2004)

7.3/10
Director: Mike Nichols
Starring: Julia Roberts, Jude Law, Natalie Portman, Clive Owen

Emotional and sexual gamesmanship, as seen through the couplings and uncouplings of four people - photographer Julia Roberts, stripper Natalie Portman... Read more

Closer ( Blu-ray ) (2004)

7.3/10
Director: Mike Nichols
Starring: Julia Roberts, Jude Law, Natalie Portman, Clive Owen

Emotional and sexual gamesmanship, as seen through the couplings and uncouplings of four people - photographer Julia Roberts, stripper Natalie Portman... Read more

Colonel Redl (1984)

7.7/10
Director: Istvan Szabo
Starring: Klaus Maria Brandauer, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Hans Christian Blech, Gudrun Landgre...

Klaus Maria Brandauer stars in this epic story of intrigue, love and lust, set in Austria during the years leading up to WWI. Adapted from John Osborn... Read more

Come Back to the 5 and Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982)

Director: Robert Altman
Starring: Sandy Dennis, Cher , Karen Black, Kathy Bates

Once again Robert Altman has assembled a superior cast for this story of a 20 year reunion of a James Dean fan club. Cher, Sandy Dennis, Karen Black a... Read more

Coriolanus (2011)

6.2/10
Director: Ralph Fiennes
Starring: Brian Cox, James Nesbitt, Ralph Fiennes, Vanessa Redgrave, Gerard Butler, Jessic...

For his directorial debut, Ralph Fiennes adapts Shakespeare's tragedy "Coriolanus", transposing the action from ancient Rome to present-day Eastern Eu... Read more

Cosi (1995)

6.9/10
Director: Mark Joffe
Starring: Toni Collette, Rachel Griffiths, Ben Mendelsohn, Barry Otto, Aden Young, Colin F...

A budding theatre director is haggled into staging a bizarre version of Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte at a psychiatric hospital. Adapted from the winning st... Read more