Melba Theater and Lyon College will present The Tragic Scots Film Series starting on Tuesday, September 26 at 6:30 p.m. The first film in the series, showing that night, will be MacBeth (2015), starring Michael Fassbender. Admission to all films will be free.
The series will feature four films focusing on the lives of four very well-known Scots: MacBeth, Mary Queen of Scots, Rob Roy, and William Wallace, or “Braveheart.” Each film explores the Scottishness of its title character and what it means to be a Scot within a particular historical time period. Though not always classified as tragedies, the films do view the figures—with varying results—through a tragic lens that at times provokes feelings of sympathy for characters who can be selfish and egotistical.
Dr. Mark Wallace will introduce each film, outlining its historical context and its characters’ importance to understanding Scottish history. For him, the films reveal how Scottish patriotic resolve “has resulted, over time, in the elevation of thieves, cattle raiders, and arguably incompetent leaders to mythical status.”
Often, these same heroes “meet with violent ends, suffering persecution and death for the sake of Scotland.” This tragedy helps Scots remember questionable heroes as martyrs and patriots. Dr. Wallace finds this pattern in Scottish history exciting.
The Melba shares his enthusiasm. A representative says, “We are thrilled to be able to partner with Lyon College and host Tragic Scots. Our hope is that the community learns more about Scottish heritage, which is an important component of Lyon College.”
The pair will also show Mary Queen of Scots (1971, Vanessa Redgrave and Timothy Dalton), Rob Roy (1995, Liam Neeson), and Braveheart (1995, Mel Gibson) at 6:30 p.m. on November 7, February 20, and April 13 respectively.
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