Stoppard on Screen
Published on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 - 4:54pm
Playwright Tom Stoppard was born in the Czech Republic, but he writes in English. His plays are highly regarded and he also writes for the screen. Stoppard on Screen, our September Film Series, features four works that Stoppard authored or adapted for film. All screenings are free and begin at 6 p.m.
Sept. 3 -- Empire of the Sun (1987)
PG, 152 min.
Jim is a British schoolboy who lived in Shanghai during World War II. He is separated from his parents when Japan invades China at the beginning of the war. Jim is imprisoned in a work camp where he befriends an American hustler. Christian Bale and John Malkovich star in this adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s best-selling novel, which is based on Ballard’s experiences during World War II.
Sept. 10 -- Shakespeare in Love (1998)
R, 122 min.
Joseph Fiennes and Gwyneth Paltrow star in Stoppard's charming tribute to Romeo & Juliet. William Shakespeare is a young playwright who suffers from writer's block. When he meets the beautiful Lady Viola, sparks fly and love blooms. Yet, Lady Viola is engaged to another man. This charming romp through Elizabethan England won several awards, including the Academy Award for Best Picture.
Sept. 17 -- Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead (1993)
PG, 117 min.
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are two minor characters from Shakespeare's Hamlet. The two are on their way to deliver a letter to the King and to come to Hamlet's aid. However, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are complete buffoons who cannot escape the destiny that literature and language imposed on them. Starring Tim Roth, Richard Dreyfuss, and Gary Oldman.
Sept. 24 -- Anna Karenina (2012)
R, 130 min.
Keira Knightley and Jude Law star in Tom Stoppard's adaptation of Count Leo Tolstoy's masterful novel. The story unfolds in the aristocratic circles of late 19th-century Russia. Anna Karenina is the wife of a respected diplomat, yet she falls madly in love with the dashing Count Vronsky albeit with alarming consequences. Her story explores the human capacity for love with an interplay between lovers' passion and the maternal bond.