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.
Director Richard Loncraine successfully relocates the story of the murderously scheming king to 1930, and Ian McKellan delivers a memorable performance in the title role. Also starring Annette Bening, the film drew Oscar nominations for art direction and costume design. This title is Rated R and is recommended for adult audiences only.
All programs take place at the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library and begin at 2 p.m.
February 14 — Shakespeare in Love  (1998; Rated R; 123 minutes)
March 20 — Richard III  (1995; Rated R; 104 minutes)
April 17 — Richard II  (2012; Made for TV; 149 minutes)
May 22 — Coriolanus  (2011; Rated R; 123 minutes)