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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'.

Brighton Beach Memoirs (1986)

6.9/10
Director: Gene Saks
Starring: Blythe Danner, Bob Dishy, Jonathan Silverman, Judith Ivey

New York, the 1930s...and a young man's mind is on the Yankees and sex (not necessarily in that order), as well as trying to deal with his argumentati... Read more

The Visit (1964)

7.7/10
Director: Bernhard Wicki
Starring: Anthony Quinn, Ingrid Bergman, Paolo Stoppa, Irina Demick

Karla Zachanassian (Ingrid Bergman) had a child by Serge Miller (Anthony Quinn) as a teenager. When Serge refused to marry her, she was driven out of... Read more

The Jazz Singer ( Blu-ray ) (1927)

6.7/10
Director: Alan Crosland
Starring: Al Jolson, May McAvoy, Warner Oland

It's more than a movie; it's history - this groundbreaking production is heralded as the first feature-length film with spoken dialogue ('talkie'). Ri... Read more

The Admirable Crichton (1957)

8.2/10
Director: Lewis Gilbert
Starring: Cecil Parker, Diane Cilento, Kenneth More

Comedy based on James Barrie's classic play in which Kenneth More's English butler, shipwrecked with his employers, resourcefully leads them in their... Read more

Quartet (2012)

6.8/10
Director: Dustin Hoffman
Starring: Billy Connolly, Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Pauline Collins, Tom Courtenay

Dustin Hoffman directs this comedy drama adapted by writer Ronald Harwood from his own stage play of the same name. Beecham House is a retirement home... Read more

Monsieur Lazhar (2011)

7.5/10
Director: Philippe Falardeau
Starring: Danielle Proulx, Mohamed Fellag, Sophie Nelisse, Emilien Neron, Brigitte Poupart...

Nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, "Monsieur Lazhar" tells the moving and poignant story of a Montreal middle school class who are... Read more

Grand Hotel ( Blu-ray ) (1932)

7.6/10
Director: Edmund Goulding
Starring: Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, John Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore, Wallace Beery

Welcome to Grand Hotel - a beautiful Berlin establishment filled with palatial splendor and whose occupants include Greta Garbo as a fading ballerina,... 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

Killer Joe (2011)

6.7/10
Director: William Friedkin
Starring: Gina Gershon, Matthew McConaughey, Thomas Haden Church, Emile Hirsch, Juno Templ...

Following their earlier collaboration, "Bug", director William Friedkin and playwright Tracy Letts re-team for 'a totally twisted deep-fried Texas red... Read more

The Deep Blue Sea (2011)

6.3/10
Director: Terence Davies
Starring: Rachel Weisz, Simon Russell Beale, Tom Hiddleston

Based on the Terence Rattigan play of the same name, "The Deep Blue Sea" is a study of forbidden love, suppressed desire, and the fear of loneliness i... Read more