Wednesday, October 23, 2013

This Friday's Film Night at the MacLaurin Institute: Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing. Dir. Joss Whedon. Perf. Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Nathan Fillion, Clark Gregg, Reed Diamond, Fran Kranz, Jillian Morgese, Sean Maher, Spencer Treat Clark, Riki Lindhome, Ashley Johnson, Emma Bates, and Tom Lenk. 2012. DVD. Lions Gate, 2013.

At 7:00 p.m. this Friday, October 25, 2013, the MacLaurin Institute will be screening Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing. Following the screening, I'll be leading a discussion on the film.

Come if you can. The film is redolent of a great deal of fruitful discussion (even if, as in the scene below, the acting is a bit uneven). For example, why did the director chose to place the first "war of wits" between Beatrice and Benedick in an inner courtyard with no one else observing their exchange?

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I genuinely hope to see you there!

Links: The Film at IMDB.  More Information about the Screening.


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