SHAKESPEARE AND THE JACOBEANS ON SCREEN
Our upcoming production of John Ford's 'TIS PITY SHE'S A WHORE is still a few months away, but we've partnered with our friends at The Shakespeare Society for three exciting events to whet your appetite for the crown jewel of Jacobean drama.
Join us for the rare opportunity to see these complete films on the big screen in their cinematic glory.
A film by Roland Joffé
Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 3:00 PM at SVA Theatre
In the 1970s Roland Joffé (best known for the Academy Award-Winning films The Killing Fields and The Mission) directed some of television’s finest social-realist films. He applied the same approach to this truly remarkable version of John Ford’s drama. A tale of incestuous passion written around 1629 is translated to the early Victorian period and turned to critique the sexual and economic hypocrisies of the 19th century – and of the first years of Thatcherism.
Join us following the screening for a lively discussion with artistic director Jesse Berger and SVA Professor of Film and English Mary Lee Grisanti.
Thursday, January 15 at 7:00 PM at SVA Theatre
The evening will focus on the relationship between Shakespeare and his darker, bloodier-minded Jacobean successors, in particular the great poet and playwright John Ford. Using film clips from Franco Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet, Orson Welles's Othello and a rarely seen BBC adaptation of 'Tis Pity She's a Whore, directed by Roland Joffé. LIU Professor of English James Bednarz and Shakespearean scholar (author of Shakespeare and the Truth of Love) will reveal how Ford adapted and reworked Shakespeare's themes of violence, jealousy and desire in his own sinister, strangely hypnotic key.
A film by Franco Zeffirelli
Sunday, January 18, 2015 at 3:00 PM at SVA Theatre
In the Italian city of Verona, the Montague and the Capulet families are perpetually feuding. When Romeo (Leonard Whiting), a handsome young Montague, disregards convention by attending a Capulet ball, he falls in love with the beautiful Juliet (Olivia Hussey), a Capulet. After a brief courtship, the two elope, creating even greater tension between their families. Italian director Franco Zeffirelli's Academy Award-Winning film is considered the definitive screen version of Shakespeare's classic love story.
Join us following the screening for a lively discussion with Shakespeare Society artistic director Michael Sexton and SVA Professor of Film and English Mary Lee Grisanti.