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Oxford Film Festival Hosts Film Series Celebrating William Shakespeare

To kick off a year-round monthly film series, Oxford Film Festival is hosting the 400th anniversary celebration of William Shakespeare’s death by presenting movies on the Oxford Square. Each of the films in the series are free and open to the public.

The three separate screenings are planned for a three day period at the Shelter on Van Buren located at 1112 Van Buren Avenue in the basement of Neilson’s Department Store on the Oxford Square.

OXFF Shakespeare

The Shakespeare screenings will kick off on April 11 at 7:30 p.m. with the showing of the 1963 film, As You Like It, staring Vanessa Redgrave and Ian Richardson. The film is about the overthrowing of Duke Senior and his daughters quest to find him after he was banished.

The film to be screened on March 12 will be the 1971 movie, Midsummer Night’s Dream, staring Lynn Redgrave, Edward Fox, Robert Stephens and Michael Gambon. The comedy portrays events surrounding the marriage of mythical Gods. The New York Times says, “The allure and cleverness of that film, not to mention its far more Shakespearean spirit, make it a hard act for a hodgepodge to follow.”

The final showing in the series will be the 2012 film, Shakespeare and Us, by Simon Schama. The film is a fun exploration of Shakespeare and what his role was in shaping British culture.

While the film series is free, donations are appreciated. For more information visit OxfordFilmFest.com.

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