MOMA Screens Breaking Bard: Shakespeare on Film Series Starting Today

News   MOMA Screens Breaking Bard: Shakespeare on Film Series Starting Today The series includes movies based on or inspired by Shakespeare’s plays.
Kenneth Branagh
Kenneth Branagh

William Shakespeare may have written all his plays more than 400 years ago, but there appears to be no shortage of movies based on, or inspired by, them (and him). New York's Museum of Modern Art has gathered 21 of those films for a festival titled Breaking Bard: Shakespeare on Film, running October 12-24 at the museum’s Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters.

The oldest film on the list is a silent short from 1899; the newest is Ralph Fiennes’ 2011 Coriolanus.

Along the way, viewers will see Kenneth Branagh's Henry V , Al Pacino’s 1996 Looking for Richard, Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet (1996) and Julie Taymor's 1999 Titus (based on Titus Andronicus).

The slate also features Laurence Olivier's 1948 Hamlet, Franco Zeffirelli's 1968 Romeo and Juliet, Peter Brook's 1979 The Tempest and Roman Polanski's 1971Macbeth.

Some of the films take much greater liberties with their source material. Forbidden Planet (1956) is a sci-fi film loosely based on The Tempest; Maqbool is a new version of Macbeth, set in the underworld of India's Mumbai; and Tom Stoppard's 1990 Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead is based on his Tony-winning drama about what happens to the characters of Hamlet when they are not on stage.

See moma.org for more information.

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