Friday, January 20, 2012

Redford Theatre runs Forbidden Planet today and tomorrow

Leslie Nielson in 1956 Forbidden Planet

Richard Joyrich reported that the Redford Theatre will be showing 1956's Forbidden Planet, starring Leslie Nielson, Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, and introducing Robby the Robot today at 8 PM and Saturday at 2 PM and 8 PM. Richard said:
There is usually a thirty minute organ "overture" before the movie there and a 30 minute organ "intermission" as well. As some of you may know (and others might be pleased to learn) this movie was inspired by Shakespeare's The Tempest and has many parallel characters. It is considered one of the best science fiction movies of the 1950s. I hope you will consider taking advantage of this opportunity to see this movie on the big screen (it is, of course, available on DVD). I promise you that you will not be disappointed.
And for those of you who don't live in southeast Michigan, check out the available Shakespeare films discussed by Jeff Heinrich in yesterday's Montreal Gazette, "DVD Blu-ray and download: Handy viewing guide to Shakespeare on film" Heinrich gives a shout-out to the release of Roland Emmerich's Anonymous on DVD February 7, 2012.
Finally, if you don’t buy this whole Shakespeare thing and seriously think someone else wrote all those wonderful plays, check out Anonymous. Roland Emmerich and John Orloff’s fiction premiered at the Toronto Film Fest in September and is coming to Sony DVD and Blu-ray on Feb. 7. The real Shakespeare? Apparently he was an Oxford earl named Edward de Vere.
Reader, if you have a favorite Shakespeare or Shakespeare derived film, add to our list by posting a comment below. I'll start with the 1999 Taming of the Shrew deriviative, Ten Things I Hate about You, with Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger.

Note: Don't forget tomorrow (January 21) at 1 p.m. is the simulcast of the Met's Shakespeare derived opera Enchanted Isle


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