FILM REVIEW: CHASING SHAKESPEARE
by Leonardo Santana, SUMMIT DAILY NEWS
Told in flashback from his wife's deathbed, "Chasing Shakespeare" protagonist William Ward (Danny Glover) dives under the gloomy waters of his memory to recall the love story of his life with Venus, a girl belonging to the Lighting Clan, a peculiar Native American family living in Arkansas with a strange communion with electricity. Their love is a difficult scenario to play: in a very Greek-Shakespearean tragedy manner, both of them belong to different cultures and backgrounds.
Theater was the predecessor of cinema, and as it grew, cinema incorporated theater's parallels and metaphors. In 1918, Swedish silent films began to transform idyllic landscapes into active participants, characters even, in cinematic drama. The stormy seas were now a metaphor of inner turmoil. Chasing Shakespeare puts to use its tempestuous and spectacular displays of thunder and lightning to indicate the passion felt between two young lovers, despite cultural divisiveness.
Chasing Shakespeare was written by James Bird, a Native American writer/director/producer. Directed by Norry Niven the film is edified by the vision, aspirations and ideas of Niven's artistic view on the world, a deeply layered, artistic story about love in a world governed by racial and ethnic differences.