Shakespeare on Film

Shakespeare is the most-filmed author in the world, with over 425 films based directly on his plays. "Our Shakespeare" will sponsor occasional film showings, as well as lectures and discussions focusing on the film adaptation of Shakespeare's work.

Films will be shown on Fridays in Valders 262.  Start time for the showings is 4:10PM (with an optional introduction at 4:00PM).  Pizza will also be provided.  The film series schedule is as follows:

  • September 14: Coriolanus — Full-throated, full-throttled Shakespeare, with Ralph Fiennes, Gerard Butler, and Vanessa Redgrave playing in a contemporary, war-torn, Balkan setting that represents the traumas of fifth-century B.C. Rome. 2011.
  •  October 19: Anonymous — So if Shakespeare didn’t write Shakespeare, who did?  For one answer, see the 2011 Hollywood film “Anonymous”— political intrigue cloaked in costume drama. With Rhys Ifans, Vanessa Redgrave, Derek Jacobi, and Mark Rylance. 2011.
  • October 26: Macbeth

Past productions:

  • September 23: Twelfth Night — Shakespeare's comedy of gender confusion, in which a girl disguises herself as a man to be near the count she adores, only to be pursued by the woman he loves.  Directed by Trevor Nunn, starring Helena Bonham Carter, Imogen Stubbs, Richard E. Grant, and Ben Kingsley, 1996.
  • October 7: Shakespeare in Love — Winner of seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actress, and Best Supporting Actress. Directed by John Madden, written by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard, starring Joseph Fiennes and Gwyneth Paltrow, 1998. 
  • November 4: Henry V—  The gritty adaption of William Shakespeare's play about the English King's bloody conquest of France.  Directed by Kenneth Branagh, starring Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson, Derek Jacobi, and Simon Shepherd, 1989.

In spring 2012, "Our Shakespeare," in conjunction with the English Department, will host a lecture by a prominent Shakespeare film adaptation scholar.  See events below:

  • March 30: Romeo + Juliet — A modern take on Shakespeare's famous play, bridging the gap between the old world and ours today, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes, directed by Baz Luhrman, 1996.
  • April 12: Michael Anderegg Lecture — 7:00PM Olin 102
  • "A Pair of Star-Crossed Lovers": Romeo and Juliet at the Movies.
  • April 20: West Side Story — In this award-winning musical adaption of Romeo and Juliet, two teenagers from warring gangs in New York fall in love and must face the odds.  Directed by Jerome Robbins and Rober Wise, must by Leonard Bernstein, 1961.