Before the Library Foundation closes the curtain on its special celebration of Shakespeare’s lasting legacy and influence on culture today, Lost and Found at the Movies will take a closer look at the evolving relationship between the Elizabethan era’s great playwright and the 20th century’s great art form. On Thursday, March 23, curator John Nein will trace Shakespeare’s cinematic journey from the early silent era to recent Hollywood blockbusters.
Actor extraordinaire and thespian at heart Alfred Molina will be the evening’s special guest. Joining the conversation to explore the challenges and nuances of approaching Shakespeare as a performer, Molina’s passion for Shakespeare began with his childhood in London and as a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company and he has appeared on the big screen in Kenneth Branagh’s adaptation of As You Like It, and Julie Taymor’s The Tempest.
And finally, taking the stage for a highly original and likely hilarious Shakespeare production—the Improvised Shakespeare Company will treat the audience to a one-of-a-kind performance. You can RSVP now for this upcoming program, and to set the stage, here is a look at a few clips from some of the diverse ways Shakespeare has left his mark on film.
Orson Welles’ Chimes at Midnight
Franco Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliet
Max Reinhardt’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Julie Taymor’s The Tempest
The Improvised Shakespeare Company
Learn more about the upcoming Lost and Found at the Movies’ Shakespeare on Film program here.