Reimagining Shakespeare’s Misunderstood Women

By Ena Alvarado

An Argentine director’s film series turns the Bard’s plays inside out to find new roles for female characters.

This article is adapted from AQ’s special report on the Summit of the Americas In the long tradition of adapting Shakespeare to film, Matías Piñeiro stands apart. Unlike other filmmakers, this Argentine director is not interested in faithful stagings or loose reworkings of the Bard’s plays. Over the past decade, he has developed the “Shakespeareads,” a cycle of films populated by interpreters of all kinds—directors, actors, translators—intent on reimagining the female characters in Shakespeare’s comedies. Piñeiro has characterized this project as a “game of...

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