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Play: The Tempest
Movie: The BBC version
Reason for choosing movie: While other versions exist, this was the one preferred by the collective intelligence of Netflix.
Tropes noticed: Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter, The Chessmaster, The Magic Goes Away, Parental Marriage Veto (subverted), Author Avatar, Invisibility, Deadpan Snarker
Moments of WTF: The big one was Ariel, who dressed (or, rather, didn't dress) like Gollum and bore a striking resemblance to Eric Idle. Prospero not being William Hutt. :(

...and we're done, only 374 days after the beginning of this madness. Holy crap.
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Play: Henry VIII
Movie: The BBC version
Reason for choosing movie: No other versions exist.
Tropes noticed: Politically Correct History, Kangaroo Court, Corrupt Church
Moments of WTF: Both Anne and Cranmer had periodic--and very odd--periods of translucency while standing in front of windows. The sucking up via gratuitous foreshadowing. Also, a pretty sweet in-universe instance: Anne's facial expression during her coronation was very much "WTF have I gotten myself into?"

One more to go...

(At least, unless there's a DVD of Two Noble Kinsmen, Edward III, or Sir Thomas More out there that I don't know about. I suppose Cardenio or Love's Labours Won would be too much to hope for.)
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Play: A Winter's Tale
Movie: The Royal Shakespeare Company version
Reason for choosing movie: I don't remember--I'd thought we were watching the BBC version...
Tropes noticed: Kangaroo Court, Littlest Cancer Patient, Moses In The Bullrushes, Time Skip, Paper Thin Disguise, Faux Death, Title Drop, Lampshade Hanging
Moments of WTF: The excessively amorphous bear. The Red Velvet Box of False Beards. Autolycus' implausible powers of clothing-thievery.
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Play: Cymbeline
Movie: The BBC version
Reason for choosing movie: No other versions exist
Tropes noticed: Faux Death, Berserk Button, God Save Us From The Queen, Sweet Polly Oliver, Mistaken For Cheating, Wrongful Accusation Insurance
Moments of WTF: Cloten failing to count to three. The random shots of birds (including a fight scene that we didn't actually see--instead we saw a different fight, between two birds).

Also, this is hysterical. Having recently seen Pericles, I can vouch for its accuracy.
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Play: Pericles: The Legendary Journeys
Movie: The BBC version
Reason for choosing movie: No other versions exist
Tropes noticed: Easy Evangelism, And Knowing Is Half The Battle, Only Mostly Dead, Deus Ex Machina (literally!), Friend To All Living Things, Mary Sue, Idiot Ball
Moments of WTF: The entire plot of this play is made of weapons-grade WTF. The father-daughter incest with the riddle that gives it away, the inexplicable evil of the Tarsus royal family, and the "Marina remains a beacon of purity and awesomeness in the midst of a brothel" sequence are probably the three biggest ones.
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Play: Timon of Athens
Movie: The BBC version
Reason for choosing movie: No other versions exist
Tropes noticed: The Daria (more or less), Shaped Like Itself, Stock Aesop ("money is the root of all evil"), Pride Before A Fall, Buried Treasure
Moments of WTF: The conversations that happened way in the background. Timon's gravestone containing the moral equivalent of "You cannot trace us. You cannot find us. Sincerely, Calvin." The way the whole thing was about Athenians with Roman names who dressed like Elizabethans.
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I ran into some guy on the internet with a top-ten list of Shakespeare plays (with the implication that the ranking was based on Literary Significance, though he wasn't too specific about his criteria). He omitted Lear, which struck me (and a number of his commenters) as absolutely crazy. I decided to look at some real data on performance frequencies, which while not a measure of Literary Significance should vaguely correlate with it while actually being sort of quantifiable.

The following list is compiled from performance frequency data from Ashland, Stratford (Ontario), the RSC, and IMDB, all of which conveniently have online data somewhere. The number is obtained by renormalizing the numbers of performances at each of these venues by mean and standard deviation, and then averaging the results (so they should sum to 0).

The List )

Some specific thoughts about the raw data:
1. Stratford loves Lear. Ashland really doesn't. Loves Labour's Lost is also anomalously frequent at Stratford, for some reason.
2. In general, Ashland seems to repeat plays more than Stratford does (they have the same median, and Ashland's mean is a lot higher).
3. Almost all the productions of The Two Noble Kinsmen have been within the last 15 or so years (the RSC did it once in the 60s). I wonder if this corresponds with people becoming more confident of its authenticity, or if it's just a fashion thing.
4. The data generally are in agreement with my experience that tragedies get filmed more, while comedies get performed more. (Twelfth Night is the most commonly performed play for both Stratford and the RSC, and is tied with As You Like It at Ashland. But there have been a lot of Hamlet movies.)
5. Why the fuck haven't there been more movies made of Henry IV, Part 1? I was sad when Netflix only listed one version; it turns out that IMDB only has one version too? It's an absolute travesty, I say.

[ETA: Okay, now said guy has gone from wrong but kind of entertaining to not worth bothering with. He's claiming that, if Lear were a major play, Branagh could have done it, because "there's enough aging makeup to make our youngest actors and actresses appear to be old". Sigh...]
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Play: Coriolanus
Movie: The BBC version
Reason for choosing movie: No other versions exist
Tropes noticed: Break the Haughty, Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas, Foe Yay, Hypocritical Humor, Ominous Latin Chanting
Moments of WTF: Somehow it's very weird to have Ominous Latin Chanting in the score for a play that's actually set in ancient Rome. Coriolanus' line about how he doesn't want to be killed by grandmothers.
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Play: Antony and Cleopatra
Movie: The RSC version, with Janet Suzman and Richard Johnson
Reason for choosing movie: It's not the BBC version. It's also the last play for which we'll have the opportunity to choose something other than the BBC version.
Tropes noticed: Love Ruins The Realm, Shaped Like Itself, The Chessmaster, Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night (subverted), Faking The Dead, Tag Team Suicide
Moments of WTF: Patrick Stewart'sEnobarbus's moustache. The title screens interspersed throughout the play (of which there were too many to serve as act breaks). The character who was a cross between Dogberry and Dr. Kevorkian.
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Play: Macbeth
Movie: The Ian McKellen/Judi Dench version
Reason for choosing movie: Ian McKellen. And Judi Dench.
Tropes noticed: No Man Of Woman Born, Empathic Environment, Anti Hero, The Hecate Sisters
Moments of WTF: The amazing table-free banquet (and the general lack of scenery, although that was definitely the weirdest moment). The Hecate puppet.
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Play: King Lear
Movie: The Olivier version
Reason for choosing movie: I like Olivier, and it was highly-rated on Netflix.
Tropes noticed: Rule of Three, Smite Me Oh Mighty Smiter, Eviler Than Thou
Moments of WTF: While Stonehenge may be of vaguely the right period to have Lear hold court in it, it raises certain logistical questions that I'd rather not have to worry about. Similarly, what was up with all the functional torches during the storm scene?
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Play: Measure for Measure
Movie: The BBC version
Reason for choosing movie: No other versions exist (also, the essay on film in the Riverside Shakespeare spoke well of it)
Tropes noticed: Title Drop, Malaproper, The Scarpia Ultimatum, The Chessmaster, Secret Identity, Nice Hat
Moments of WTF: None in particular--this was too competent and unadventurous a production to really allow for any.
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Play: All's Well That Ends Well
Movie: The BBC version
Reason for choosing movie: No other version exists.
Tropes noticed: Title Drop, No Man Of Woman Born, All Love Is Unrequited
Moments of WTF: The point at the beginning when I realized where Narbonic's name comes from. The kiss between Helena and the King of France. "P.S. I died yesterday." The infinite loop suggested by the ending. The way Shakespeare specifies the nonsense words spoken by the people capturing Parolles (though I had to look this up, of course...)
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Play: Troilus and Cressida
Movie: The BBC version
Reason for choosing movie: No other version exists.
Tropes noticed: Camp Gay, Cassandra Truth, Adaptation Decay, Love Triangle, and a Shout Out (to Marlowe) that now looks like Seinfeld Is Unfunny.
Moments of WTF: Hector quoting Aristotle. Blatant idiomatic cheating. The way Achilles didn't actually kill Hector. The complete and utter lack of a resolution. Aeneas the really old guy.
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Play: Othello
Movie: The Olivier version
Reason for choosing movie: My dad said something about liking it. Also, I was interested in seeing a movie that Olivier acted in but didn't direct.
Tropes noticed: Xanatos Gambit, Reverse Psychology, Love Makes You Crazy/Evil, Manipulative Bastard.
Moments of WTF: Olivier's makeup. The Warner Brothers logo at the beginning of the movie. The speech that absolutely guarantees the existence of slash fanfic involving Iago and Cassio. Also, I feel like I've been overdoing the "OMG LOLZ character A is played by the same actor as character B" comments, but the idea of Desdemona as a young Minerva McGonagall is incredibly bizarre. (Also, it makes the jealousy thing clearly absurd--how could anyone possibly think McGonagall and the Master were having an affair?)
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Play: Twelfth Night
Movie: The Tim Supple/Parminder Nagra version
Reason for choosing movie: The description looked interesting, and I'd already seen the Imogen Stubbs version (which is the only other non-BBC version that Netflix had which didn't have a bunch of bad reviews).
Tropes noticed: Love Dodecahedron, All Love Is Unrequited, Half Identical Twins, Paper Thin Disguise
Moments of WTF: Orsino the Operative. The subtitled Punjabi-I-think. The plothole that I never noticed before--how on earth does Sebastian manage to get through a marriage ceremony without anyone saying his name? "Hold Thy Peace", the rock version.
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Play: Hamlet
Movie: The Branagh version
Reason for choosing movie: I'd never actually seen all of it, and I was interested in comparing it to the Jacobi version.
Tropes noticed: Seinfeld Is Unfunny, Spirit Advisor, Show Within A Show, Stylistic Suck, Those Two Guys
Moments of WTF: The way, from a distance, or from behind, Branagh's Hamlet bears a bizarre resemblance to Spike (or possibly vice versa). Hamlet's lack of inside voice during the play within a play. Falling flaming Laertes whee! The chandelier.
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Play: The Merry Wives of Windsor
Movie: The BBC version
Reason for choosing movie: No other versions exist
Tropes noticed: Zany Scheme, Counter Zany, Mistaken For Cheating, Paper Thin Disguise
Moments of WTF: The unexpected pillow fight. The realization that we had previously seen Simple as Richard of Gloucester (the one who reminded Ariel of Miles Vorkosigan). The "fairy" costumes, especially the ones that looked like they'd been borrowed from the Ku Klux Klan Junior Auxiliary.
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Play: As You Like It
Movie: The Branagh/Bryce Dallace Howard/David Oyewelo one
Reason for choosing movie: It's newish, and I was curious...
Tropes noticed: Ninja, Recursive Crossdressing (the full 5 levels: yay for productions that include the epilogue!), What Do You Mean Its Not Awesome, Tastes Like Diabetes, Uncanny Family Resemblance, Heel Face Turn, Shirtless Scene
Moments of WTF: The movie apparently deciding that, yes, As You Like It really does have a positive NRS. The poems that are as big as Orlando. Celia's expressions during the scene where Orlando is wooing "'Rosalind'". As I said at the end, "How can Orlando possibly recognize Rosalind? He's never seen her chin before!" Especially as contrasted with the bit where everyone sees him in his underwear.
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