Much Ado About Nothing (1993)

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United Kingdom 1993, 106 mins
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Starring: Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson, Denzel Washington, Keanu Reeves

Kenneth Branagh's high-spirited and hugely entertaining screen adaptation of Shakespeare's comedy about romantic misunderstandings and undeclared passion. In Tuscany two lords, Claudio and Benedick, find themselves stung by Cupid's arrow. Claudio (Robert Sean Leonard) is smitten by the young Hero, but his heart breaks when he is deceived into thinking that she has been unfaithful. Benedick has an ongoing sparring relationship with the feisty Beatrice, as their friends and family conspire to bring them together. Meanwhile, intrigue is brewing, as the dastardly Don John (Keanu Reeves) schemes to overthrow his brother, the heroic Don Pedro, Prince of Aragon (Denzel Washington). Filming on location in Tuscany, Branagh has simplified the story to concentrate on character and atmosphere.

Preceded by a Q&A with special guests.