Media Thursday: a tale of two Lears

So the end of last week was a kind of confluence of King Lear viewing experiences. Last Thursday evening, NT Live had one of its worldwide cinema broadcasts of a performance of the Chichester Festival Theatre production of Lear that had been transferred to London, so that more people could see what Ian McKellen has said will be his last live theater-Shakespeare. Then, the very next day, Amazon Prime released the BBC production of the play with Anthony Hopkins leading a star-studded cast.

So let’s take a gander, shall we?

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Media Thursday: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (film directed by Casey Wilder Mott)

Last Friday, I posted an LA Times review of an independent film version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Casey Wilder Mott, that is on a limited run at West Los Angeles’ Nuart Theater. This past weekend, as a part of a “Midsummer” day of Shakespeare, Lisa and I caught a screening before heading down to Griffith Park for Independent Shakespeare Company’s production of that same play.

 

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[belated] Media Thursday: A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Los Angeles (no, not that one)

Getting my non-vacation legs back home now. As I do that, recover, AND prep for another work interview today (the last one, alas, did not work out as well as I had hoped), I leave you with this…

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The world in which we live

So, last night my wife, my son, and I went down to the local multiplex to catch Incredibles 2. (Good film, btw…). During the film, something happened that was…well, a little unusual.

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Media Thursday: Preview–King Lear by BBC

It’s Media Thursday, and since I didn’t head down to North Hollywood this week to catch the latest installment of Toil and Trouble’s “The Madhouse” Shakespearean burlesque, you’ll have to settle for something a little less…experiential.

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Media Thursday: not quite the Ides of March

Today is Thursday, so that means “media day,” on which I like to focus on some Shakespeare-related work. This week, I want to preview something on the horizon:

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Podcast 162: The Tempest — Videos, and Caliban speech study

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This week’s podcast [FINALLY] returns us to our prolonged discussion of The Tempest. We have some video reviews, a discussion of two major Caliban speeches, an explanation for my tardiness, and a little preview.

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Friday Film Focus: The Tempest, 1983, Bard Productions

OK, it’s Friday, and this is the day of the week that Hollywood loves to open a new flick, and boy is there a blockbuster on tap for today–Star Wars, Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (which I’ll catch tomorrow). But I have something else in mind: one of the many productions of The Tempest that are available on video. This week, I’m taking a look at a 1983 video production, starring Efrem Zimbalist, Jr..

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Friday Film Focus: Forbidden Planet, 1956

OK, it’s Friday, and this is the day of the week that Hollywood loves to open a new flick, but I have something else in mind: one of the many productions of The Tempest that are available on video. This week, I’m taking a look at a not-quite Shakespeare adaptation: 1956’s sci-fi classic Forbidden Planet.

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Friday Film Focus: The Tempest, 2010 film, directed by Julie Taymor

OK, it’s Friday, and this is the day of the week that Hollywood loves to open a new flick, but I have something else in mind: one of the many productions of The Tempest that are available on video. This week, I’m taking a look at the first of our videos that is a purely cinematic version–shot on location, as opposed to on a soundstage or stage set: the 2010 cinematic theatrical release, directed by Julie Taymor and starring Helen Mirren as Prospera.

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