The Bard on the Big Screen: Much Ado About “Much Ado,” “Shakespeare in Love,” and More

Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing is winning high praise at film festivals, promising moviegoers an infusion of intelligence, romance, and sophistication during summertime's typically juvenile program of explosions.Glenn Kenny, for example, writes, The entire cast, indeed, revels not just in Shakespeare's language but in the clever way this play both conforms, in its plot points, to the now-antiquated gender roles of its time but also subverts them, giving acute but not overemphatic … [Read more...]

Al Pacino to Shout Again… as King Lear!

Director Michael Radford, who cast Al Pacino as Shylock in The Merchant of Venice, has cast him again... this time as Lear.This is interesting, since Anthony Hopkins and Ian McKellen have also played Lear within the past several months. (Remember this report from last May?) … [Read more...]

“Hamlet, Threepio, and Us”

Anyone who can write an inspiring piece linking Rosencrantz and Guldenstern, The Hidden Fortress, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and R2D2, has my full attention.Ladies and gentlemen, Mark Shea! … [Read more...]

Lear Year

King Lear is on the way... twice on the big screen, and then on the BBC.With Anthony Hopkins, and Ian McKellen, as LearAnd Keira Knightley, and Romola Garai, as Cordelia.But who will direct? … [Read more...]