Film series to focus on Shakespeare's plays

Gunn Memorial Library in Washington will present a four-session screening and discussion on film adaptations of William Shakespeare’s plays beginning July 31 at 1 p.m.

John Long, Shakespeare scholar and frequent lecturer in drama and film at UConn, will lead the programs Mondays through Aug. 21 at 1 p.m. at the Wykeham Road library.

The series of Shakespeare plays adapted for film will show different styles and approaches to the original scripts while also illustrating their power and continuing relevance.

Participants will discuss the choices made by each film to bring the story and characters to life.

The discussions will also explore other questions such as: what does film interpretation bring to the story? Are there important pieces of the original play missing? Does the film capture the spirit and intent of the play? Why do these stories and characters last and make connections with us hundreds of years after their premiere? Do film techniques change the impact or is it simply a different experience that is equally important?

Movies to be screened include “Hamlet” (1948), directed and starring Laurence Olivier and featuring Jean Simmons, July 31; “Henry V” (1989), directed and starring Kenneteh Branagh, Aug. 7; “Twelfth Night” (1996), directed by Trevor Nunn and featuring Helena Bonham Carter and Ben Kingsley, Aug. 14; and “Richard III” (1995), directed by Richard Loncraine, starring Ian McKellen and featuring Annette Benning and Jim Broadbent, Aug. 21.

For more information and registration, call 860-868-7586.