JCCC Shakespeare festival

From JCCC:


JCCC’s English and Journalism Division will present the first JCCC Shakespeare Film Festival on Feb. 26 and 27 in Craig Community Auditorium, 233 GEB

The festival features two film versions of “Hamlet:”

·         Michael Almereyda’s 2000 film will be shown at noon Feb. 26 and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27

·         Laurence Olivier’s 1948 film will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26 and at noon Feb. 27.

In addition to the films, Dr. Dana Grove, JCCC’s Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs, will speak at 6:45 p.m. Feb. 26.

Justly celebrated as one of the greatest film adaptations of Shakespeare, Olivier directs himself as the indecisive hero in the 1948 film. Jean Simmons’ portrayal of Ophelia was recognized with an Oscar nomination.  Olivier’s picture eventually won four Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Actor.

A native to Overland Park, Almereyda sets his “Hamlet” in the corporate realms of modern-day New York City.  Ethan Hawke plays the eponymous role, and he is supported by an array of respected actors including Julia Stiles, Kyle MacLachlan, Liev Schreiber, Bill Murray and Sam Shepard.

The JCCC Shakespeare Film Festival strives to offer our community film adaptations of the plays of the man who was arguably history’s greatest writer in the English language. The films will be related in some manner — by director, play or critical perspective.  To enhance the educational opportunity embedded in such an endeavor, we will also bring in speakers and panels to discuss various aspects of the writer, the plays, or the films.

We wish to invite the community to help us explore the methods by which a timeless poet is adapted to a contemporary medium.

Any questions or comments can be directed to Steve Werkmeister, Assistant Professor, at swerkmei@jccc.edu or ext. 2886).

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