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'Much Ado': Auteur Film Series Screens Shakespearian Classic

October 15, 2007 - The Collin College Auteur Film Series courts William Shakespeare for its upcoming installment of the 2007-08 line-up, "Secrets, Deceptions and Epiphanies: Fruit from the Cinematic Tree of Knowledge."

Kenneth Branagh's 1993 adaptation of "Much Ado About Nothing" will be screened at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 1, at the Spring Creek Campus Conference Center, 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway in Plano. The event is free and open to the public.

The film is rated PG-13 and runs 111 minutes. The story revolves around young lovers Hero and Claudio, who conspire with Don Pedro to set a "lover's trap" for Benedick, a confirmed bachelor, and Beatrice, his sparring partner. All the while, evil Don Jon conspires to break up Hero and Claudio's wedding by accusing Hero of infidelity.

The Auteur Film Series supports the collegewide theme of "knowledge," which it shares with Center for Scholarly and Civic Engagement's Distinguished Speaker Series.

As with all the screenings, "Much Ado About Nothing" will be followed by a panel discussion led by Collin College faculty and staff discussing the themes of the film.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and seating is limited. Some material may not be suitable for all audiences.

Education Through Film is a collaboration between the Auteur Film Series and the Center for Scholarly and Civic Engagement.

For more information about the Auteur Film Series, visit or contact Dr. Carolyn Perry at

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