BREAKING BARD Series Celebrates Shakespeare on Film at MoMA, Starting Today
Four hundred years after the death of William Shakespeare, The Museum of Modern Art will screen 21 films based on his iconic writings in Breaking Bard: Shakespeare on Film, today, October 12, through October 24 in The Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters.
The series features work from directors Kenneth Branagh, Laurence Olivier, Baz Luhrmann, Roman Polanski, Julie Taymor, and Franco Zeffirelli; performances from actors Olivier, Gary Oldman, Tim Roth, Ethan Hawke, Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes, Anthony Hopkins, Ian McKellen, Robert Downey Jr., Ralph Fiennes, Julia Stiles, LL Cool J, and Al Pacino; and both traditional and nontraditional interpretations of Shakespeare's most popular works, including Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, King Lear, and Othello.The series opens on October 12 with Laurence Olivier's Academy Award-winning Hamlet (1948), the definitive cinematic version for which Olivier won the Best Actor Oscar.
Other highlights include a screening of Julie Taymor's A Midsummer Night's Dream (2014), introduced by the filmmaker, and an entire day dedicated to the most tragic love story ever written, Romeo and Juliet. On October 15, MoMA will screen Lloyd Kaufman's TRomeo & Juliet (1996), Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet (1996), and Franco Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet (1968).
Breaking Bard: Shakespeare on Film is organized by Anne Morra, Associate Curator, Department of Film, in conjunction with the British Film Institute and the British Council.
Full List of Films featured in Breaking Bard: Shakespeare on Film:
- Play On! Shakespeare in Silent Film. 2016. A feature length celebration from the BFI National Archive draws together a selection from more than two dozen Shakespeare films from 1899 to the close of the silent film era.
- Maqbool. 2003. Directed by Vishal Bhardwaj. Screenplay by Abbas Tyrewala, Bhardwaj. With Irrfan Kahn, Tabu, Panjak Kapur. Based on Macbeth
Pictured, from the top: Romeo + Juliet. 1996. USA. Directed by Baz Luhrman. Courtesy 20th Century Fox/Photofest; A Midsummer Night's Dream. 2014. USA. Directed by Julie Taymor. Courtesy of BOND/360. Photo by Joan Marcus; Hamlet. 2000. USA. Directed by Michael Almereyda. Courtesy Miramax/Photofest.