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Cymbeline Friday Film Focus: 1982, Moshinsky (BBC)

Another early summer Friday, another new release: Wonder Woman. And for us, another new–or rather old–video version of Cymbeline. In 1982, as part of the sixth season of the BBC Complete Works series, Elijah Moshinsky directed his version. As with just about all of the BBC films, this one’s pretty stagey, and very faux Elizabethan. Well, really this one looks almost more Old Masters-ry, but that’s neither here nor there.

 

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Cymbeline Friday Film Focus: 2014, Almereyda

Another early summer Friday, another new release. Out in the world, it’s Baywatch and the latest Pirates of the Caribbean. For us, another new–or rather old–video version of Cymbeline. And this week, it’s the 2014 theatrical release, directed by Michael Almereyda, and starring Ethan Hawke, Ed Harris, Dakota Johnson, and Penn Badgley.

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Friday Film Focus: Cymbeline (1913)

It’s May and a Friday, which means a new early (really early) summer blockbuster is being released. A couple of weeks back, it was the latest Guardians of the Galaxy flick. Today, something a little different: the 1913 silent film version of Cymbeline!

OK, so it’s not a theatrical release…but it’s our play under discussion, so just go with me, willya?

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Podcast 149: Coriolanus – video reviews, popularity, and the people…

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This week’s podcast continues our discussion of Coriolanus with some video reviews, as well as discussions of popularity and the people….

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Quiet Please, Murder

We interrupt our Monday Shakespeare discussion for this (sorta Shakespeare-related) spiel. Friday night, I got to combine two of my favorite things: Shakespeare (duh), and film noir.

I’m a huge film noir fan, and in southern California, your best bet to catch some of ’em in the act is to head on down to the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, run by the American Cinematheque,  around start of spring for their annual noir-fest. Called Noir City (the link is for the main festival held in San Francisco), and brought to you by the folks over at Film Noir Foundation, it’s a multi-day series of double features. This year, their 19th, they’ve programmed it a little differently: each night covers one year, and has an A-picture, followed by a B-movie.

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Coriolanus: film review – BBC, 1983

In 1983, as part of the sixth and penultimate season of their Complete Works of Shakespeare series, the BBC filmed Coriolanus. Elijah Moshinsky, who had earlier directed All’s Well That End’s Well, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and (and our next play) Cymbeline, and would help one of the final installments, Love’s Labor’s Lost, was in the director’s chair for this one.

look at that face: bemused arrogance…

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Coriolanus: film review – Fiennes, 2011 (take two)

[note: yesterday, I reviewed this same filmed version of Coriolanus…but for my Masters course, I had to write a review of a Shakespeare film and I picked this one…you’ll find some overlaps, but a slightly different leaning]

In 2011, actor Ralph Fiennes made his film directorial debut with a theatrical release of Shakespeare’s rarely filmed play, Coriolanus. Noted for both stage and screen performances himself, Fiennes was able to secure major on-screen talent (including Gerard Butler, Vanessa Redgrave, Jessica Chastain, and Brian Cox) to support him in this endeavor. The result is a visceral and accessible, visually striking work.

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Podcast 136: Antony and Cleopatra — Video reviews

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This week’s podcast continues our three month-long discussion of Antony and Cleopatra with a look at the available video versions of the play, and another quick look ahead to a CONTEST!

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Antony and Cleopatra Video Capsule Review: 1972, Charlton Heston

It’s Friday, so welcome to the sixth (and final!) film in our six-week Friday Film Focus on Antony and Cleopatra. Each week, I’ve presented a capsule review of an A&C video, with full reviews coming in Sunday’s podcast.

In 1972, Charlton Heston directed a film of the play, starring himself as Antony and Hildegarde Neil as Cleopatra.

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Antony and Cleopatra Video Capsule Review: 2014, Shakespeare’s Globe

It’s Friday, so welcome to the fifth film in our six-week Friday Film Focus on Antony and Cleopatra. Each week, I’m presenting a capsule review of an A&C video, with full reviews coming in a future podcast.

In 2014, Shakespeare’s Globe in London presented a production of the play, directed by Jonathan Munby, with Clive Wood as Antony and Eve Best as Cleopatra.

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