(1993) Directed by Kenneth Branagh. Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson, Denzel Washington, Michael Keaton. (111 min.) 35mm. PG-13
Shimmering in golden Tuscan light, feuding singletons Benedick and Beatrice feint and parry wisecracks about the futility of romance while succumbing themselves. Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson bring their real-life love to energize the Bard’s merry screwball romcom.
“This isn’t a movie—it’s a party” (Entertainment Weekly).
Our films are piquantly peripatetic this season, celebrating Ingrid Bergman’s 100th birthday, reflecting NCMA exhibitions on Elizabethan portraiture and Ansel Adams landscapes, transporting us to the North Carolina mountains of the early 20th century, and basking in the forbidden lust and corruption of midcentury Mexican noir.