Hollywood has adapted, sampled, and stolen from William Shakespeare for more than a century – seeing his works as a source of prestige as soon as the commercial possibilities of narrative movies were apparent. The Ciné Shakespeare series features four of the best films featuring the Bard or his works in the past 20 years. Joan FitzPatrick Dean, the Curators Professor of English at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, introduces the selections and leads a discussion after each Sunday afternoon screening.
Ralph Fiennes makes his directorial debut and casts himself in the lead role of Caius Martius, the banished Roman general who aligns with a sworn enemy (Gerard Butler) to take revenge on the city. Fiennes shot this brilliant adaptation in war-ravaged Serbia. This title is Rated R and is recommended for adult audiences only.