“Shakespeare Lives in Films” featuring best films adapted from Shakespeare’s works will be screened every Saturday from 8 October to 29 October in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. It is part of the global Shakespeare Lives programme launched by the British Council to celebrate 400 years since the death of the Bard of Avon.
Vietnamese audiences will be delighted by the timeless values in Shakespeare works through a fine collection of movies which include “Romeo and Juliet” (1968), “Much Ado about Nothing” (1993) and “Richard III” (1995).
The 1968 version of “Romeo and Juliet” was praised by film critic Roger Ebert as the ‘the most exciting film of Shakespeare ever made”, while “Richard III” which stars Robert Downey Jr. won two Oscars for Art Direction and Best Costumes and won five BAFTAs including one for Best British Film.
“Much Ado about Nothing” also received critical acclaim with Roger Ebert praising it as ‘cheerful from beginning to end,’ the film stars Emma Thompson, Denzel Washington and Michael Keaton – all Academy Award-winning actors.
For the first time in Vietnam, the British Council will present the film version of Hamlet – with BAFTA-nominated actress Maxine Peake in the title role – in its sell-out run at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre.Huyen Chi