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  1. Next week I'll be helping teach a Regent College extension course at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (yee haw! - one of my favourite spots on earth). As well as stagings of ROMEO & JULIET, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, RICHARD II, HEDDA GABLER and THE PIANO LESSON, we'll watch some film treatments: Baz Luhrmann's and Franco Zeffirelli's versions of R&J, and Trevor Nunn's TWELFTH NIGHT. (M)Leary, I noticed in your movie journal that you just viewed the Luhrmann. Thoughts? (By the way, I think the brackets around "M" is a very nice touch.) Anybody else want to weigh in on these or other
  2. (A&F links to The Best Shakespeare on Film, Orson Welles, Citizen Kane (1941), The Lady from Shanghai (1947), Touch of Evil (1958) and The Trial (1962).) So it's never been exactly easy to obtain a copy of this film. I don't know how long it will last, but I thought it's worth pointing out that it is available now on YouTube.
  3. (A&F links on The Best Shakespeare on Film, Chimes at Midnight (1965), Hamlet (1990), Othello (1995), Twelfth Night (1996), Titus (1999), The Merchant of Venice (2004), As You Like It (2006), The Tempest (2010), Coriolanus (2011), Much Ado About Nothing (2012), Cymbeline (2014), Macbeth (2014).) So I almost put this thread in the TV section, but really, these are four films. I've just watched Richard II and Henry IV, Part 1 and I am very very impressed. Not only are there Oscar-worthy performances in here, but both the two films I've seen so far rank, in my opinion, towards
  4. Overstreet

    Macbeth (2015)

    Michael Fassbender and Natalie Portman in a Macbeth set in the 11th century? Sure, okay.
  5. Ethan Hawke To Reunite With ‘Hamlet’ Director For Modern-Day ‘Cymbeline’ Thirteen years after updating Hamlet to a modern day NYC setting, Ethan Hawke is reteaming with writer-director Michael Almereyda (Nadja, New Orleans, Mon Amour, William Eggleston in the Real World) on William Shakespeare’s Cymbeline. Hawke will star in the contemporary-set romance set against the backdrop of a war between dirty cops and drug-dealing bikers, in what’s being described as Sons of Anarchy meets ROMEO + JULIET. . . . Deadline.com, July 31
  6. (A&F link to Viola (2012).) Eric Kohn, Indiewire: "... In 2011's concise "Rosalinda," he weaved the plot of "As You Like It" into a tale involving contemporary young lovers, and took a similar approach to 2012's "Viola," which involved an acting troupe rehearsing "Twelfth Night," and sometimes inhabiting it. The resulting interplay of modern characters stuck between their lives and far grander theatrical dramas yielded a fascinating interplay of source materials. For "The Princess of France," the latest entry in a loose trilogy of Shakespearean experimentation, the director incorporat
  7. Darren H

    Viola (2012)

    Matias Pineiro's Viola opens this weekend in NYC, so it's time for a thread. I'll be surprised if it doesn't take the top spot in my Best Theatrical Releases of 2013 list. Here's the (not-so-great) trailer: And here's what I wrote last year: The great discovery of TIFF 2012 was Matías Piñeiro’s Viola, a fantasia on love that dances between dreams, theatrical performances and a kind of hyper-sensual reality. “When he was singing, I thought I truly loved him,” the title character says in the film’s closing line. It’s typical of Piñeiro’s fluid perspective — a wistful, past-tense comment
  8. (A&F links on The Best Shakespeare on Film, A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935), Chimes at Midnight (1965), Hamlet (1990), Othello (1995), Twelfth Night (1996), Titus (1999), The Merchant of Venice (2004), As You Like It (2006), The Tempest (2010), Coriolanus (2011), The Hollow Crown: Richard II, Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2, Henry V (2012), Much Ado About Nothing (2012), Cymbeline (2014), Macbeth (2014).) Vulture: Director Julie Taymor has finished the film version of her widely acclaimed, vissually stuffed production of A Midsummer Night's Dream (which ran earlier this year at the Polonsky
  9. Ralph Fiennes to direct 'Coriolanus' Vanessa Redgrave in talks to join project Variety, February 6
  10. (A&F links on The Best Shakespeare on Film, Chimes at Midnight (1965), Hamlet (1990), Othello (1995), Twelfth Night (1996), Titus (1999), The Merchant of Venice (2004), As You Like It (2006), The Tempest (2010), Coriolanus (2011), The Hollow Crown: Richard II, Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2, Henry V (2012), Much Ado About Nothing (2012), Cymbeline (2014), Macbeth (2014).) I fear I might be alone here, but I struggle to imagine any list of "Divine Comedies" that leaves out every film version (let alone the best film version) of A Midsummer Night's Dream. G.K. Chesterton wrote: "On th
  11. The Wrap: The movie's website features this picture and not much else.
  12. Julie Taymor, director of Titus, is bringing more Shakespeare to the screen this December: The Tempest, with a twist. Helen Mirren is in the leading role.
  13. A new version of THE MERCHANT OF VENICE hits L.A. and N.Y. just before the New Year with Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons, Joseph Fiennes, Lynne Collins. Mark Moring at CT Movies pointed me to this article in The Guardian that gets the ball rolling... A Very Jewish Villain Jonathan Freedland The debate is so old it should have its own place in the Shakespearean canon. Is Shylock, the Jewish moneylender who demands a "pound of flesh" from a debtor, a villain or a victim? Every time The Merchant of Venice is staged, the debate is restaged along with it. Does Shakespeare's play merely depict anti-semi
  14. Persona

    Titus (1999)

    We don't have a thread for Titus, Julie Taymor's epic masterpiece from over a decade ago. I watched the first half tonight for the first time in four or five years. It is such a riveting film -- just giant, chaotic, two words: FULL ON. I knew I wanted to see it again before I saw The Tempest this fall. There's a lot I'd like to say, and I'll try to post some kind of wrap or reaction, but I just wanted to get the thread started, show the links and ask a quick question for those who have seen it. Julie Taymor's film links are Across The Universe (2007) and The Tempest (still coming out in
  15. Very excited about this! AS YOU LIKE IT in post-production, Kenneth Branagh directing, Kevin Kline as Jacques, Alfred Molina as Touchstone, Bryce Dallas Howard as Rosalind! As long as this is the Kenny of MUCH ADO rather than HAMFEST, we're laughing!
  16. Ron Reed

    Twelfth Night

    I'm presently immersed in draft four of my play A BRIGHT PARTICULAR STAR, about George MacDonald's daughter Lilia, who was an actress. I've already woven in rehearsal and performance bits of two plays the family staged, MACBETH and PILGRIM'S PROGRESS, but only now am I really engaging with the challenge of working in a rehearsal section and a performance section from TWELFTH NIGHT, which they performed at Cannes (!) and around which I've organized the climax of my play. In an effort to tease out the resonances of Shakespeare's play with Lilia's life, I spent this evening close viewing Trevor
  17. THEY all want to play Hamlet. They have not exactly seen their fathers killed Nor their mothers in a frame-up to kill, Nor an Ophelia dying with a dust gagging the heart, Not exactly the spinning circles of singing golden spiders, Not exactly this have they got at nor the meaning of flowers� O flowers, flowers slung by a dancing girl� in the saddest play the inkfish, Shakespeare, ever wrote; Yet they all want to play Hamlet because it is sad like all actors are sad and to stand by an open grave with a joker�s skull in the hand and then to say over slow and say over slow wise, keen, bea
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