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Shakespeare Our Contemporary

As we commemorate the 400th Anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, we need not look far to see his influence. His characters and language live on in our daily lives. His works are woven through our lives in a tapestry of quotes and allusions that many of us may not even attribute to him. He has sounded the keynote of not only his own era, but of the entire vast epoch of conscious humanity. He is thus the contemporary of every age. His themes are continually refitted and reused for each successive generation. This screening series shows us some of the many Shakespeares that have existed throughout the short history of film, from the silver-nitrate opulence of 1935’s A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM to the next-generation, gender-flipped reworking of 2010’s THE TEMPEST by Julie Taymor.

Presented in Conjunction with the Harry Ransom Center’s “Shakespeare In Print & Performance” exhibit, running through May 29. Following the AFS series, there will be a weekly film program at the Harry Ransom Center, beginning with the May 5th screening of Laurence Olivier’s 1949 production of HAMLET and continuing every Thursday in May.
 

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM

Thu, March 24, 2016, 7:30 PM

The ultimate old Hollywood take on Shakespeare, lavishly produced and co-directed by Austrian stage impresario Max Reinhardt and starring many of Warner Brothers' best stars, including Olivia de Havilland, James Cagney, Dick Powell and Mickey Rooney.

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HENRY V

Thu, March 31, 2016, 7:30 PM

Winston Churchill gave Laurence Olivier the assignment: make a film that will rouse Britain to a fighting pitch for the effort against Hitler. This was Olivier's response. Filmed in majestic Technicolor with some of the most ingenious staging and best battle scenes ever, a Shakespearean triumph as well as successful war propaganda.

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Romeo and Juliet

ROMEO & JULIET

Thu, April 7, 2016, 7:30 PM

This is the Shakespeare adaptation favored by the love generation. Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey are heartbreakingly beautiful together in Franco Zeffirelli's international smash hit adaptation of the tale of two star crossed lovers.

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MACBETH

Thu, April 14, 2016, 7:30 PM

Roman Polanski's MACBETH is the Altamont of Shakespeare movies, a cinematic repository of deep, dark, bad vibrations, brilliantly brought to the screen by one of the most talented and troubled directors of them all.

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HAMLET

Thu, April 21, 2016, 7:30 PM

Michael Almereyda's modernization of Hamlet makes the title character a film student (Ethan Hawke) armed with a camera and has Claudius (Kyle MacLachlan) ascend to the mantle of CEO of the Denmark Corporation. HAMLET becomes a splintered and multifaceted narrative for its times.

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THE TEMPEST

Tue, April 26, 2016, 7:30 PM

Julie Taymor's lush and beautiful adaptation of Shakespeare's deeply philosophical final play features a gender transposition at its heart. Helen Mirren stars as Prospera, who rules an isolated island queendom that is disrupted when a party of shipwreck survivors makes its way ashore.

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Media Block Party
Sat, 29 Apr 2017
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM


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