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Shakespeare Film Series

In conjunction with Shakespeare in Print and Performance, Austin Film Society and the Ransom Center present a series of related films. Film information will be updated as it becomes available.

SCREENINGS

Austin Film Society

A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935) SHAKESPEARE FILM SERIES THURSDAY, March 24, 7:30 P.M.

Austin Film Society, 6226 Middle Fiskville Road

The ultimate old Hollywood take on Shakespeare, lavishly produced and co-directed by Austrian stage impresario Max Reinhardt and starring many of Warner Brothers' best stars, including Olivia de Havilland, James Cagney, Dick Powell and Mickey Rooney.

Ticket information

Purchase tickets onsite at the AFS box office and receive a $3 discount when you present your Ransom Center membership card. This discount is for onsite purchases only!


Austin Film Society

Henry V (1944) SHAKESPEARE FILM SERIES THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 7:30 P.M.

Austin Film Society, 6226 Middle Fiskville Road

Winston Churchill gave Laurence Olivier the assignment: make a film that will rouse Britain to a fighting pitch for the effort against Hitler. This was Olivier's response. Filmed in majestic Technicolor with some of the most ingenious staging and best battle scenes ever, a Shakespearean triumph as well as successful war propaganda.

Ticket information

Purchase tickets onsite at the AFS box office and receive a $3 discount when you present your Ransom Center membership card. This discount is for onsite purchases only!


Austin Film Society

Romeo & Juliet (1968) SHAKESPEARE FILM SERIES THURSDAY, APRIL 7, 7:30 P.M.

Austin Film Society, 6226 Middle Fiskville Road

This is the Shakespeare adaptation favored by the love generation. Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey are heartbreakingly beautiful together in Franco Zeffirelli's international smash hit adaptation of the tale of two star crossed lovers.

Ticket information

Purchase tickets onsite at the AFS box office and receive a $3 discount when you present your Ransom Center membership card. This discount is for onsite purchases only!


Austin Film Society

Macbeth (1971) SHAKESPEARE FILM SERIES THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 7:30 P.M.

Austin Film Society, 6226 Middle Fiskville Road

Roman Polanski's Macbeth is the Altamont of Shakespeare movies, a cinematic repository of deep, dark, bad vibrations, brilliantly brought to the screen by one of the most talented and troubled directors of them all.

Ticket information

Purchase tickets onsite at the AFS box office and receive a $3 discount when you present your Ransom Center membership card. This discount is for onsite purchases only!


Austin Film Society

Hamlet (2000) SHAKESPEARE FILM SERIES THURSDAY, APRIL 21, 7:30 P.M.

Austin Film Society, 6226 Middle Fiskville Road

Michael Almereyda's modernization of Hamlet makes the title character a film student (Ethan Hawke) armed with a camera and has Claudius (Kyle MacLachlan) ascend to the mantle of CEO of the Denmark Corporation. Hamlet becomes a splintered and multifaceted narrative for its times.

Ticket information

Purchase tickets onsite at the AFS box office and receive a $3 discount when you present your Ransom Center membership card. This discount is for onsite purchases only!


Austin Film Society

The Tempest (2010) SHAKESPEARE FILM SERIES TUESDAY, APRIL 26, 7:30 P.M.

Austin Film Society, 6226 Middle Fiskville Road

Julie Taymor's lush and beautiful adaptation of Shakespeare's deeply philosophical final play features a gender transposition at its heart. Helen Mirren stars as Prospera, who rules an isolated island queendom that is disrupted when a party of shipwreck survivors makes its way ashore.

Ticket information

Purchase tickets onsite at the AFS box office and receive a $3 discount when you present your Ransom Center membership card. This discount is for onsite purchases only!


Hamlet (1949) SHAKESPEARE FILM SERIES THURSDAY, MAY 5, 7 P.M.

HARRY RANSOM CENTER

Sir Laurence Olivier directed and starred in Hamlet (1949). As the first non-American film to win an Academy Award for Best Picture, its stark black and white designs reflect the desire to present the stories of Shakespeare as epics existing outside of timeā€”an approach that mirrors the designs of Edward Gordon Craig and Norman Bel Geddes featured in the exhibition. Cline Curator of Theater and Performing Arts Eric Colleary introduces the film. Runtime 155 minutes, not rated.


The Dresser (1983) SHAKESPEARE FILM SERIES THURSDAY, MAY 12, 7 P.M.

HARRY RANSOM CENTER

Ronald Harwood's The Dresser (1983) is a WWII story of a deteriorating veteran Shakespeare actor (played by Albert Finney) whose personal assistant (Tom Courtenay) must rally the old man before each of his demanding performances. Harwood was the dresser to Donald Wolfit, whose repertory company performed across the UK during the Blitz, and whose papers reside at the Ransom Center. Cline Curator of Theater and Performing Arts Eric Colleary introduces the film. Members are invited to a reception at 6 p.m. Runtime 118 minutes, rated PG.


Titus (1999) SHAKESPEARE FILM SERIES THURSDAY, MAY 19, 7 P.M.

HARRY RANSOM CENTER

Director Julie Taymor's Titus (1999) is a stunningly designed film adaptation of one of Shakespeare's lesser-known works, with Anthony Hopkins starring as Titus Andronicus. Jessica Lange, Alan Cumming, and Jonathan Rhys Meyers co-star. Cline Curator of Theater and Performing Arts Eric Colleary introduces the film. Runtime 162 minutes, rated R.


Theatre of Blood (1973) SHAKESPEARE FILM SERIES THURSDAY, MAY 26, 7 P.M.

HARRY RANSOM CENTER

Vincent Price stars in Theatre of Blood (1973), a cult classic about a maligned actor who invites all of his worst critics to an abandoned theater and kills them off one-by-one in the manner of Shakespearan tragedies. Cline Curator of Theater and Performing Arts Eric Colleary introduces the film. Runtime 104 minutes, rated R.


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