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St. Scholastica hosts free Shakespeare film festival

Orson Welles in "Chimes at Midnight"

The College of St. Scholastica will host a free Shakespearean film festival that will highlight three diverse big-screen adaptations of the Bard's classic works.

"Shakespeare on Screen: Great Adaptations" will occur on Friday, Dec. 2 and Saturday, Dec. 3 in Burns Wellness Commons Room 249 (lecture auditorium).

The festival begins at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2 with a screening of "Chimes at Midnight," to be introduced by Nathan Carroll, associate professor of film studies in the College's Department of Communication, Theatre and Art. Directed by Orson Welles of "Citizen Kane" fame, "Chimes at Midnight" remained largely unseen by American audiences until it was restored and re-released in August 2016.

The screenings on Saturday, Dec. 3, start at 1 p.m. with director Akira Kurosawa's 1957 take on "Macbeth," "Throne of Blood." It will be introduced by Tammy Ostrander, dean of the School of Arts and Letters. Kurosawa transposes "Macbeth" into feudal Japan.

At 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, English Professor Tom Zelman will introduce the final presentation, 1989's "Henry V" starring and directed by Kenneth Branagh.

All films will be screened digitally. Admission is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be provided. The event is sponsored by St. Scholastica's Department of Communication, Theatre and Art, the School of Arts and Letters, St. Scholastica Library and the Honors Program.