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Shakespeare in Cinema

The British Council and CGV Arthouse have prepared a special program to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s passing. Selection was based on faithful representation and reinterpretation of the original Shakespearian works. The overly well-known films were avoided and films that deserve to be revisited in this era were chosen to be screened.

Peter BROOK’s King Lear, Roman POLANSKI’s Macbeth, Derek JARMAN’s The Tempest, Kenneth BRANAGH’s Hamlet are films that represent both the major works of Shakespeare and represent an era. There are also some special films. A collection of diverse silent shorts made between 1899 and 1911 show an early cinematic approach to Shakespeare. Also, Vincent PRICE’s Theater of Blood was inspired by Shakespeare and is packed with the spirit of a B movie wrapped up in comedy and horror.