Celluloid Shakespeare-Much Ado About Nothing (1993)
Fresh City Life is setting the stage for the Bard’s big birthday. This April will mark the 450th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare. We’re getting a jump on Bill’s big day and celebrating all this month with films (and other great events) that highlight the contributions of Shakespeare to literature, stage and, well, just being human. See four of the best screen adaptations of Shakespeare plays with our host, classically trained Shakespearean actor and writer, John McDonald.
Directed by Kenneth Branagh. Starring Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson, Keanu Reeves.
“Shakespeare's comedies were always meant for the people. Sure, there was all that timeless, pristine poetry many of us would be force-fed centuries later. But the subject matter was low: sexual politics, power games, nasty betrayals, romantic deceptions and other quintessentially human activities. With Much Ado About Nothing, Kenneth Branagh has, once again, blown away the forbidding academic dust and found a funny retro-essence for the '90s. His spirited take on the Sicily-set comedy is enjoyable, primarily for its all-embracing attitude. It breathes modern life into old expressions like "fare thee well" and "by my troth," and it welcomes nontraditional New Worlders Denzel Washington, Robert Sean Leonard, Michael Keaton and Keanu Reeves into the traditionally British throng.” – Desson Howe, The Washington Post. Rated PG-13. 111 minutes.
NOTE: Because of the general run time of these films, showtimes have been moved to 6 p.m. for this series of movies.
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