Cinema

Peter & the Wolf

Introduction

Breakthru Films Peter and the Wolf airs Wednesday December 8th at 8pm (check local listings). Sergei Prokofiev’s fanciful musical tale “Peter and the Wolf” is given new life in this innovative new animated interpretation, which won the 2008 Oscar® for Best Animated Short Film. “Oldies will remember the work from school music lessons,” wrote London’s […]

Macbeth

About the Film and Preview

The production, though retaining the Goold’s concept of relocating the bloody action to a nameless 20th-century militaristic society, has been rethought in vivid filmic terms starring Sir Patrick Stewart in his Tony-nominated performance and Tony-nominated Kate Fleetwood. Presented on PBS as part of the Great Performances series Wednesday, October 6, at 9 p.m. (check local listings).

La Danse: Le Ballet de l’Opéra de Paris

Preview the Film

Frederick Wiseman’s performance-documentary, La Danse – Le Ballet de l’Opera de Paris, provides an inside look at the French ballet company known for perfection and precision, The Paris Opera Ballet. The film airs for GREAT PERFORMANCES June 16, 2010 at 9 p.m. (check local listings).

Hamlet

About the Film

Shakespeare’s immortal “To be, or not to be” takes on a whole new meaning (and medium) as classical stage and screen actors David Tennant and (recently-knighted) Sir Patrick Stewart reprise their roles for a modern-dress, film-for-television adaptation of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s (RSC) 2008 stage production of Hamlet. The production will be presented on PBS […]

About the Film

In 1958, Jerome Robbins’ “ballet in sneakers,” NY Export: Opus Jazz, became a smash hit when it was broadcast on The Ed Sullivan Show and toured around the world. Set to an evocative jazz score by Robert Prince and abstract urban backdrops by Ben Shahn, the dance told the story of disaffected urban youth through […]

Preview the Rock Musical

The show universally applauded for its originality, deep emotional resonance, and powerful, high-octane score, makes its broadcast debut on THIRTEEN’S Great Performances on PBS. Passing Strange, the Spike Lee-directed film featuring the award-winning Broadway rock musical of the same title, will air in primetime on Wednesday, January 13, 2010 at 9 p.m. EST (check local […]

Production Announcement

Following a London West End run in December 2007, a sold-out limited engagement at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in March 2008, and a subsequent eight-week run on Broadway, director Rupert Goold’s gripping stage production of Macbeth—starring Patrick Stewart in a triumphant, Tony-nominated performance—will be filmed for television in a co-production agreement between WNET.ORG and […]

King Lear, Starring Ian McKellen

Full Episode

Short Synopsis The monumental tragedy of an old king who decides to divide his kingdom among his daughters, but imposes a love test on each to merit her portion. His youngest daughter, Cordelia, refuses to flatter him falsely, sending Lear into a rage. He withdraws her portion, exiles his best friend, and generally becomes increasingly […]

Adaptations in Film

The basic story of King Lear goes back to ancient English myths. The general idea of three daughters, two wicked and one good, with arbitrary love tests, goes back at least to a second century AD novel by Apuleius called The Golden Ass. A play was written for the English stage around the mythical King […]

King Lear Films

We are blessed with eleven film versions of King Lear (including the announced release of the McKellen film).  While we might say that some are better than others, each has value and interest.  Indeed, a more useful distinction might be between those taking a conventional approach to the play compared to those veering into experimental […]