Thursday, January 12, 2012
“Richard III”(scene) and “Henry V”
Shakespeare at Yale Film Series
Location is wheelchair accessible
According to the “Guinness Book of World Records,” Shakespeare has been the source for more films than any other author. While we cannot screen the more than 400 film and television adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays, the Shakespeare at Yale film series features films that are either highly noted for their cinematic qualities, such as the film adaptations by Orson Welles, or rarely seen, as in the 1964 film “Hamlet at Elsinore.” All of the films in this series are screened in 35mm or 16mm, and many of the prints are part of the Yale Film Study Center Archive.
“Richard III” with John Barrymore (Short, 1929, 16mm, 7 minutes)
“Henry V” (Kenneth Branagh, 1989, 35mm, 137 minutes)
Introduced by Michael Kerbel (Director, Yale Film Study Center)
Kenneth Branagh’s film adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Henry V” is now considered a classic. Branagh wrote the screenplay, stars and directs, offering a grittier version than Laurence Olivier’s 1944 film. The film stars a stellar British cast, including Derek Jacobi, Paul Scofield, Judi Dench, and Emma Thompson. Also screening: a short film presenting American stage and screen star John Barrymore performing a selection from “Richard III.” Both prints are from the Yale Film Study Center Archive.
Part of Shakespeare at Yale, a semester of special events celebrating the Bard.
Yale Film Study Center (courtesy of Paul L. Joskow), Films at the Whitney, and the Yale Center for British Art