Shakespeare on Film Series
John Long, Shakespeare scholar and frequent lecturer in Drama and Film at UConn, will lead a four session screening and discussion on film adaptations of William Shakespeare’s plays. This series of Shakespeare plays adapted for film will show different styles and approaches to the original scripts while also illustrating their power and continuing relevance.
Participants will discuss the choices made by each film to bring the story and characters to life. The discussions will also explore other questions such as: what does film interpretation bring to the story? Are there important pieces of the original play missing? Does the film capture the spirit and intent of the play? Why do these stories and characters last and make connections with us hundreds of years after their premiere? Do film techniques change the impact or is it simply a different experience that is equally important? We will also consider questions brought up by audience members.
Hamlet – Monday, July 31, 2017 @ 1pm - Directed by and starring Laurence Olivier, featuring Jean Simmons. (1948). Not rated / 157 minutes
Henry V – Monday, August 7, 2017 @ 1pm - Directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh (1989). Not rated / 138 minutes
Twelfth Night or What You Will – Monday, August 14, 2017 @ 1pm -Directed by Trevor Nunn and featuring Helena Bonham Carter and Ben Kingsley (1996). Rated PG / 133 minutes
Richard III – Monday, August 21, 2017 @ 1pm - Directed by Richard Loncraine, starring Ian McKellen and features Annette Benning and Jim Broadbent(1995). Rated R / 104 minutes
John Long is the principal of ZeeLand Productions, LLC which produces stage and video productions. John is producer, director and writer of video documentaries: Pursuit of Precision, about the Hendey Machine Company in Torrington, CT, that has been broadcast on CT Public Television and won a Gold Aurora Award for historical documentary, and A Christmas Village Story, a documentary for the Torrington Historical Society. On stage, John has worked as a playwright and director in New York City at the Fringe Festival, Seventh Sign Theatre and Ensemble Studio Theatre. He has also worked with Connecticut theatres, such as Phoenix Stage Company, Warner Theater and Thomaston Opera House. John recently retired after ten years as a program officer for the Connecticut Community Foundation in Waterbury.