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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'.

A Streetcar Named Desire ( Blu-ray ) (1951)

8/10
Director: Elia Kazan
Starring: Karl Malden, Kim Hunter, Marlon Brando, Vivien Leigh

Blanche du Bois, the magnificently brooding Vivien Leigh, a faded descendant of the once-proud Southern gentry, comes to live with her matter-of-fact... Read more

Dangerous Liaisons ( Blu-ray ) (1988)

7.6/10
Director: Stephen Frears
Starring: Glenn Close, John Malkovich, Keanu Reeves, Michelle Pfeiffer, Swoosie Kurtz, Uma...

Nominated for seven Academy Awards, the hottest love affair of 1782 is notable for its sense of style and decor, and strong performances from Glenn Cl... 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

The Sunset Limited (2011)

7.4/10
Director: Tommy Lee Jones
Starring: Samuel L Jackson, Tommy Lee Jones

Adapted by Cormac McCarthy from his stage play, this philosophical made-for-cable drama finds characters named Black (Samuel L. Jackson) and White (To... Read more

Face to Face (2011)

6.8/10
Director: Michael Rymer
Starring: Sigrid Thornton, Vince Colosimo, Luke Ford, Matthew Newton

A young construction worker rams into the back of his boss's expensive sports car in a fit of anger at being sacked. Rather than fronting court, he's... Read more

The Ides of March (2011)

7.1/10
Director: George Clooney
Starring: George Clooney, Marisa Tomei, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Paul Giama...

Ryan Gosling stars in this tense political thriller as a talented, optimistic staffer campaigning for a Democratic presidential candidate (George Cloo... Read more

Rabbit Hole (2010)

7/10
Director: John Cameron Mitchell
Starring: Aaron Eckhart, Nicole Kidman

Powerful adaptation of the play by David Lindsay-Abaire stars Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart as a married couple whose lives are shattered when their... Read more

Henry V (Olivier) ( Blu-ray ) (1944)

7.7/10
Director: Laurence Olivier
Starring: Laurence Olivier, Leslie Banks, Robert Newton, Esmond Knight, Renee Asherson, Fe...

'Henry V' is one of Shakespeare's most compelling historical plays. Laurence Olivier won a special Oscar for outstanding achievement as an actor, prod... Read more

La Ronde (1950)

7.7/10
Director: Max Ophuls
Starring: Anton Walbrook, Serge Reggiani, Simone Simon, Danielle Darrieux

Simone Signoret, Anton Walbrook, and Simone Simon lead a roundelay of French stars in Max Ophuls's delightful, acerbic adaptation of Arthur Schnitzler... Read more

Romeo and Juliet (DiCaprio) ( Blu-ray ) (1996)

7.6/10
Director: Baz Luhrmann
Starring: Brian Dennehy, Claire Danes, Diane Venora, John Leguizamo, Leonardo DiCaprio, Pa...

Baz Luhrmann's dazzling and unconventional adaptation of William Shakespeare's classic love story is spellbinding. Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes... Read more