WMU News

Film society presents local debut of 'Hamlet'

Nov. 15, 2000

KALAMAZOO -- Michael Almereyda's "Hamlet" will debut in Kalamazoo on Friday, Nov. 17, in The Little Theatre on WMU's East Campus. The Western Film Society will screen Hamlet with six weekend showings, Nov. 17-19. Screenings begin Friday and Saturday at 7 and 9:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2:30 and 5 p.m.

Starring Ethan Hawke ("Great Expectations"), Julia Stiles ("10 Things I Hate About You") and Bill Murray ("Charlie's Angels"), Hamlet is a modern day adaptation of Shakespeare's classic tragedy. This critically acclaimed film was declared, "Genius," by the Washington Post, "Groundbreaking work," by the San Francisco Examiner and "Vital and sharply intelligent," by the New York Times.

In addition to the film, there will be a Shakespeare trivia contest before each screening with prizes including Hamlet posters and merchandise from local businesses, including Video Hits Plus and Western Film Society sponsor Café Noir.

The Little Theatre is located at the corner of Oakland Drive and Oliver Street. General admission for all shows is $5 for adults or $3 for students. Free parking is available next to the building.

For more information, call the Movie Line at (616) 387-8221, or visit the Little Theatre's Campus Cinema Web site at <www.wmich.edu/films>.

Media contact: Bethany Gibson, 616 387-2370, x96gibson1@wmich.edu

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