The first part is a revisiting of favourites drawn from the past first three series of ‘Shakespeare on Film’ . A chance for folks who may have missed them (or indeed been too young) to see these classics.
The second part is a small collection of new films; the latest less than a year old, and three of them never before seen on the screen. They feature a couple of very amazing traditional interpretations and a couple of equally excellent transformations.
Once again both parts showing us the almost inexhaustible breadth of creative possibilities Shakespeare offers us which, once again, reestablishes the genius and timelessness of the world’s greatest playwright.
Julie Taymor’s Titus (1999)
From the nice lady who brought Disney’s ‘The Lion King’ to the stage, a violent, vengeful, no-holds-barred telling of Will’s most savage play complete with graphic dismemberments and a people-pie. Set in an eclectic, superbly designed setting, neither past nor present the film was something of a preparation for Hopkins’ portrayal of another great cannibal. Starring Anthony Hopkins & Jessica Lange.
Kenneth Brannagh’s Much Ado About Nothing (1993)
Principally a vehicle for the theatre darlings Ken and Em (Branagh and his wife Emma Thompson) and a bunch of their new-found Hollywood friends, romping and flirting and laughing and cavorting through Shakespeare’s lusty comedy and through the beautiful Tuscan countryside. It’s quite a treat, watching a bunch of actors obviously having the time of their lives. Also starring Keanu Reeves and Denzil Washington
Richard Loncraine’s Richard III (1995)
Richard III has also had the revisionist treatment many times: Anthony Sher on crutches, Pacino’s documentary. Here retold in a 20th century fascist setting. Black shirts and Prussian uniforms transforming Richard into a mélange of every evil European despot in recent memory; from Stalin to Hitler, from Mussolini to Idi Amin. Starring Ian McKellen & Annette Bening
Franco Zefferelli’s The Taming of the Shrew (1967)
Perhaps, having proved to the world that they could be the most dysfunctional acting couple in the world with their ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf’’, Taylor and Burton felt the need to bring the same angst to the bard. But really it is a carnival of jokes, big busts, cod pieces, Italian brio and fun with Liz and Dick. Starring Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton
Ralph Fiennes’ Coriolanus (2011)
The story of a violent, heartless conquering hero so unable to cope with the politics and politicians of Rome he leads his enemies against his own friends and family. The film transfers the action to, what appears to be, present day Kosovo. So magnificently filmed it reads like a story of contemporary warfare and present day treachery, so real you can almost touch it. Starring Ralph Fiennes & Vanessa Redgrave.
Richard Eyre’s Henry IV part 1 (2012)
In 15th century England, Henry Bolingbroke has snatched the crown from Richard II. But as Henry IV he is plagued by constant rebellion, the outrageous behavior of his son Prince Hal and the bad influence of Sir John Falstaff. The production is the epitome of period detail; the sets, the costumes and the action. All captured with the crispest, most modern photography Starring Jeremy Irons & Simon Russell-Beale.
Richard Eyre’s Henry IV part 2 (2012)
So grand was this slice of history that Will needed two complete plays to tell the story. In this part Hal makes his journey to the crown. Falstaff continues to make mischief and Henry IV continues to fight constant rebellion. Young and old actors alike perform superbly bringing new 21st century sensibilities and emotions to the Bard’s marvelous words. Starring Tom Hiddleston & Michelle Dockery.
Rupert Goold’s Macbeth (2010)
In the ancient Scottish play Macbeth, prodded on by his wife to kill the king, steals the crown. From that moment on both are doomed to madness. Reset in what might be the First World War, this is a courageous and inventive look at the play where the weird sisters are indeed sisters; nurses in a dank underground hospital, and the violence is most certainly not for the squeamish. Patrick Stewart & Kate Fleetwod
Genre: Film Screening
Date & Time: 24th Feb, 3rd Mac, 10th Mac, 17th Mac, 24th Mac, 31st Mac, 7th Apr, 14th Apr @ 3pm
Venue: Indicine @ klpac
Ticket Price: Free admission