Breaking Bard: Shakespeare on Film

Breaking Bard: Shakespeare on Film

Titus (1999)


Mon., Oct. 17, 4:30 & 8 p.m. and Mon., Oct. 24, 4:30 p.m. 2016

Location Info:

MOMA, Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters
11 W. 53rd St.
New York, NY  10020
This onscreen credit, from the 1929 Douglas Fairbanks/Mary Pickford The Taming of the Shrew, has often been held up as the most ridiculous in Hollywood history: "By William Shakespeare, with additional dialogue by Sam Taylor." That's a laugh, but on the stage or on the screen, it's no kind of joke to add to the Bard. MoMA's two-week "Breaking Bard: Shakespeare on Film" series celebrates adaptations, many as brilliantly presumptuous as Mr. Sam Taylor, of the plays that are the very headwaters of our language. Here's some trad favorites — Olivier as Hamlet, McKellen as Richard III — but also many reimaginings, most of them not weary, flat, stale, or unprofitable: Jarman's diced-up fantasia of a Tempest (1979); Polanski's scarifying Macbeth (1971); Taymor's avant–Grand Guignol Titus; Baz Luhrmann's spasming, shorthanded Romeo + Juliet. The inspired-bys are themselves inspired, including a stellar Bollywood Macbeth (Vishal Bhardwaj's Maqbool) and one splatter-comedy horror freakout (Tromeo & Juliet). They feature mostly additional dialogue, of course. Cheers to the inclusion of Gary Hardwick's Deliver Us From Eva (2003), a Shrew-taming comedy with L.L. Cool J and Gabrielle Union.

"Breaking Bard: Shakespeare on Film" runs through October 24 at MoMA. Click here for the screening schedule.
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