November Film Series

Shameless Bardolatry: Shakespeare on Film

George Bernard Shaw coined the term bardolatry to describe the wide-spread adoration of Shakespeare. This month, join us as we take pleasure in four of Shakespeare's magnificent works of comedy & drama.

All screenings will take place on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. in the large lower level meeting room. The films are free and open to the public.

poster for "Much Ado About Nothing" poster for "Hamlet" poster for "Love's Labour's Lost" poster for "Rchard III"

Nov. 6 -- Much Ado About Nothing  (1993)
PG-13, 111 minutes
With his wedding a week away, Claudio can't wait to marry the beautiful young Hero. To distract him, his best friend Don Pedro devises mischief: a romantic trap for the sharp-tongued Beatrice and the man she loves to hate, Benedick. Their amusement is almost spoiled by the jealous scheming of Don John, but love and laughter prevail when the local constable unwittingly exposes the plot -- and all the trouble proves to be much ado about nothing!
Starring Emma Thompson, Denzel Washington, Michael Keaton, and Kenneth Branagh.

Nov. 13 -- Hamlet  (1990)
PG, 135 minutes
Prince Hamlet of the Kingdom of Denmark extracts revenge for the death of his father. Claudius, Hamlet's uncle, murdered the old King and married Gertrude, Hamlet's mother. The play explores themes of treachery, revenge, incest, and moral corruption. Director Franco Zeffirelli's lush adaptation stars Mel Gibson and Glenn Close.

Nov. 20 -- Love's Labour's Lost  (2000)
PG, 83 minutes
The King of Navarre and his friends think that they cannot love again. When the Princess of France and her attendants arrive for a visit, their plans are completely turned upside down. Kenneth Branagh's adaptation is billed as a "romantic musical comedy," with song & and dance numbers and a star-studded cast that features Alicia Silverstone, Nathan Lane, and more.

Nov. 27 -- Richard III  (1995)
R, 105 minutes
In the wake of a bloody civil war, the younger brother of the new king sets in motion a monstrous scheme to claim the throne for himself. This updated version of Shakespeare's tale is set 1930s Britain.
Starring Ian McKellen, Annettee Bening, and Robert Downey Jr.