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Film Screenings

Curated by D.J. Hopkins, Ph.D.,
Director of the School of Theatre, Television, and Film at San Diego State University

Thursday, June 16, 6:00 p.m.
Throne of Blood
Directed by Akira Kurosawa, 1957. This visually stunning adaptation of Macbeth sets Shakespeare’s story of ambition and duplicity in feudal Japan, fusing classical Western tragedy with Noh theatre. A war-hardened general receives a prophecy that he will become lord of Spiderweb Castle, and goaded by his ambitious wife, he works to fulfill his destiny—at any cost. Discussion moderator: D.J. Hopkins. Guest speaker: Daisuke Miyao, Professor of Literature at UC San Diego.
Location:Neil Morgan Auditorium, Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common
Charge and RSVP:Free event, limited availability.

Tickets available starting April 23 at noon»

Thursday, June 23, 6:00 p.m.
Hamlet
Directed by Michael Almereyda, 2000. This inventive adaptation is set in present day Manhattan, where Hamlet is reimagined as a thoughtful young filmmaker who finds himself seeking revenge against his devious, dangerous uncle, head of the huge Denmark Corporation. Almereyda’s adventurous take on Shakespeare’s tragedy features a star-studded cast including Ethan Hawke, Julia Stiles, Kyle MacLachlan, and Bill Murray. Discussion moderator: Danielle Mages Amato. Guest speaker: D.J. Hopkins, Professor of Theatre, Television, and Film at SDSU.
Location:Neil Morgan Auditorium, Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common
Charge and RSVP:Free event, limited availability.

Tickets available starting April 23 at noon»

Thursday, June 30, 6:00 p.m.
10 Things I Hate About You
Directed by Gil Junger, 1999. Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew is transformed into a teen movie set in an American high school starring Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. A nerdy new student goes to great lengths to woo the prettiest girl in school, whose controlling father won’t allow her to date until her antisocial older sister does. Enter bad boy Patrick, who turns their lives upside down and finds love in the unlikeliest of places. Discussion moderator: D.J. Hopkins. Guest speaker: Danielle Mages Amato, Literary Manager/Dramaturg at The Old Globe.
Location:Neil Morgan Auditorium, Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common
Charge and RSVP:Free event, limited availability.

Tickets available starting April 23 at noon»

Thursday, July 7, 6:00 p.m.
Caesar Must Die
Directed by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, 2013. This internationally acclaimed film follows inmates at a high-security prison in Rome as they prepare for a public performance of Julius Caesar. Shakespeare’s classic tale of ambition and betrayal is reimagined in this visceral, contemporary production. Discussion moderator: D.J. Hopkins. Guest speaker: Beth Accomando, Arts and Culture Reporter, KPBS.
Location:Neil Morgan Auditorium, Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common
Charge and RSVP:Free event, limited availability.

Tickets available starting April 23 at noon»

 

PAST EVENTS

Thursday, June 9, 6:00 p.m.
The Tempest
Directed by Julie Taymor, 2010. Shakespeare’s Prospero is reconceived as Prospera in Taymor’s compelling screen version of Shakespeare’s last play. Marooned on a distant island with her daughter, Prospera (played by Academy Award winner Helen Mirren) uses her magic to raise a torrential storm, bringing her enemies to the island and vengeance within her reach. Discussion moderator: D.J. Hopkins. Guest speaker: Jennifer Thorn, Associate Artistic Director of MOXIE Theatre.
Location:Neil Morgan Auditorium, Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common
Charge and RSVP:Free event, limited availability.