Take an in-depth look at how some filmmakers have reimagined Shakespeare’s work to create compelling cinema.
Commonwealth Shakespeare Company and the Coolidge Corner Theatre are teaming up to take an in-depth look at how some filmmakers have reimagined Shakespeare’s work to create compelling cinema that is as relevant today as it was four hundred years ago. Each event will include a live discussion with experts on film and theater, which will take place via Zoom.
Orlando a 1992 film based on Virginia Woolf’s classic Orlando: A Biography and directed by English director Sally Potter. The sumptuous fantasy stars Tilda Swinton as the eponymous seventeenth-century nobleman who, commanded by Queen Elizabeth I to never age, voyages through four hundred years of English history, first as a man, then as a woman. The film is a celebration of the Elizabethan age that explores gender issues that remain timely today. The film won multiple awards when it was released and made Tilda Swinton into an international star. Discussion panelists will include David Zinn, acclaimed scenery and costume designer; other panelists TBA.
Admission for each event in the series is $10.00 and includes a link to the live Zoom discussion (which will run approximately 60 minutes). Please note: the Coolidge and CSC are not able to provide direct links to the films, but patrons can find out where to rent and/or stream them here.
Patrons are urged to register a week or more in advance so they have ample time to view the film before the discussion session. Please be sure to register for each individual event in the series you are interested in attending.