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Shakespeare on Screen

Shakespeare on Screen: “William Shakespeare has provided plenty of inspiration for filmmakers around the world, and our fall series—copresented with California Shakespeare Theater—offers up some of the most eclectic. Whether respectful or irreverent, set in the modern-day or centuries ago, Shakespeare on Screen presents a dizzying array of global versions on the Bard. To name just a few: a silent take on Hamlet, Laurence Olivier’s magisterial retelling of Henry V, Aki Kaurismäki’s restaging of Hamlet in Finland’s evidently cutthroat rubber-duck industry, a Radiohead-humming Leonardo DiCaprio in Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet, and a glowering Toshiro Mifune in Kurosawa’s Throne of Blood…” (Via BAM/PFA.)

Well, as with TCM this past week, I already missed a couple of favorites, Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliet (1968) on Sunday and the Olivier Henry V (1945) earlier tonight – but there are still some gems coming up:

Sunday, September 12, 2010
4:00 p.m. A Midsummer Night’s Dream
William Dieterle and Max Reinhardt (U.S., 1935). Hollywood studio power meets theatrical German Expressionism in this ornate post-Code collaboration between Warner Bros. and Max Reinhardt, starring James Cagney, Mickey Rooney, Olivia de Havilland, and Dick Powell. “A triumph of vulgarity.”—Village Voice (132 mins)

Saturday, October 9, 2010
6:00 p.m. Throne of Blood
Akira Kurosawa (Japan, 1957). Kurosawa’s Noh-influenced version of Macbeth is “the most brilliant and original attempt ever made to put Shakespeare on screen.”—Time(107 mins)

Thursday, October 14, 2010
7:00 p.m. Chimes at Midnight
Orson Welles (France/Spain/Switzerland, 1966). Plus rare footage from the PFA Collection. Welles embodies Shakespeare’s Falstaff in “a dark masterpiece, shot through with slapstick and sorrow.”—Time Out (113 mins)

A number of years ago, the local PBS station, KQED did a great service to fans of “Shakespeare on Screen” – they showed the Laurence Olivier version of Henry V followed by the much more recent Kenneth Branagh version – a double bill I would love to see on the big screen – one week, with the Olivier and Branagh versions of “Hamlet” paired another week – something I’d also enjoy on the big screen, though with a total running time for the pair at over 5 hours even with the short versions, it would be a long double bill.

Coincidentally, the Olivier Hamlet is showing on TCM on Sept. 16 at 6:45pm.

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is an over-caffeinated and under-employed grad school dropout, aspiring leftwing intellectual and cultural studies academic, cinéaste, and former poet. Raised in San Francisco on classic film, radical politics, burritos and soul music, then set loose upon the world. He spends his time in coffee shops with his laptop and headphones, caffeinating and trying to construct a post-whatever life.

 

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