KING LEAR
1987, Park Circus, 90 min, USA, Dir: Jean-Luc Godard

Shakespeare’s tragedy serves as a jumping-off point for this strange deconstruction of film and storytelling. Noted theater director Peter Sellars stars as a descendant of the Bard of Avon working to restore his ancestor’s plays in a postapocalyptic world; he finds inspiration in gangster Don Learo (Burgess Meredith) and his daughter (Molly Ringwald). Norman Mailer and Woody Allen appear in bizarre cameos.


HAMLET (2000)
2000, Park Circus/Miramax, 112 min, USA, Dir: Michael Almereyda

Transposing some of theater’s most famous soliloquies to Blockbuster Video stores and high-rise apartments, this powerful adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic play is set among the corporate elite of Manhattan. Here the title character (a fine Ethan Hawke), the son of a murdered Wall Street CEO, employs a student film to “catch the conscience” of his father’s killer and exact revenge. The all-star supporting cast includes Kyle MacLachlan, Julia Stiles, Liev Schreiber, Sam Shepard and Bill Murray. “The director's rigorous trimming has a boldness and vivacity that makes this version exhilarating while leaving Shakespeare's language and intent intact.” – Elvis Mitchell, The New York Times


RICHARD III
1995, Park Circus, 104 min, UK, Dir: Richard Loncraine

Shakespeare’s most villainous monarch is right at home in pre-WWII England in this boldly reimagined tale of Richard III’s murderous rise to power. Ian McKellen brings his acclaimed Royal National Theatre performance to the big screen, with stellar support from Annette Bening, Robert Downey Jr., Kristin Scott Thomas, Jim Broadbent and Maggie Smith. Some of Britain’s most iconic buildings are inventively repurposed here; the film’s audacious visual style earned Oscar nominations for art direction and costume design.


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