Shakespeare on Film
Lost & Found at the Movies is the Library Foundation’s series celebrating the art of cinema and the vitality of film culture. Eclectic in theme and varying in form, this onstage magazine explores how we lose ourselves and find ourselves at the movies.
In closing out the America’s Shakespeare: The Bard Goes West exhibit, Lost & Found celebrates the rich history of Shakespeare on film and the evolving relationship between the Elizabethan era’s great playwright and the 20th century’s great art form.
It’s a story that begins, ironically, in the silent era with literally hundreds of films adapted from or inspired by Shakespeare despite the nascent cinema form’s inability to even employ Shakespeare’s words! Though most have been lost to time, many treasures still exist.
We’re joined by Alfred Molina, whose passion for Shakespeare can be traced back to his childhood in London and as a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. As part of the company, Molina appeared in several productions, including Troilus and Cressida and King Lear. He has subsequently appeared in Kenneth Branagh’s adaptation of As You Like It, and Julie Taymor’s The Tempest. We explore the challenges and nuances of approaching Shakespeare as a performer.
We also unearth quirky stories of Shakespeare Gone Hollywood, from the bard’s run-ins with the Production Code (which took issue with Max Reinhardt’s fairy costumes) to a rare glimpse of Zeffirelli’s star-crossed lovers hitting…Beverly Hills.
And we round out the fun with a quirky snippet of Shakespearean cinema live-dubbed by the inimitable Improvised Shakespeare Company.
LFLA Member reception to follow.
Lost & Found at the Movies is generously supported by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
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