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Ian McKellen’s favourite Shakespeare roles on film

Ian McKellen

It is 400 years since Shakespeare died and, as part of the festivities, Ian McKellen is spearheading a selection of Shakespearean films at the BFI in London that will tour 110 countries, including Cuba, Iraq, Russia and the US, in the most extensive film programme ever undertaken.

Pasolini (REVIEW)

Pasolini

A film about the controversial Italian film director Pier Paolo Pasolini by the controversial film director Abel Ferrera

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Marilyn Monroe in the 1953 film Niagara

In 1959, on hearing that Billy Wilder was making a comedy that started with a machine-gun massacre, the producer David O Selznick warned: "They're going to walk out in droves!" The first test screening seemed to prove him right – the middle-aged, small-town audience stayed silent; some shuffled in their seats and some, indeed, walked out.

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Ian McKellen’s favourite Shakespeare roles on film

It is 400 years since Shakespeare died and, as part of the festivities, Ian McKellen is spearheading a selection of Shakespearean films at the BFI in London that will tour 110 countries, including Cuba, Iraq, Russia and the US, in the most extensive film programme ever undertaken.

Pasolini

Pasolini (REVIEW)

A film about the controversial Italian film director Pier Paolo Pasolini by the controversial film director Abel Ferrera