Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare on Film

ISBN-10: 052168501X
ISBN-13: 9780521685016
Edition: 2nd 2007 (Revised)
Authors: Russell Jackson
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Book details

List price: $35.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 3/29/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 366
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.220
Language: English

Film adaptations of Shakespeare's plays are increasingly popular and now figure prominently in the study of his work and its reception. This lively Companion is a collection of critical and historical essays on the films adapted from, and inspired by, Shakespeare's plays. An international team of leading scholars discuss Shakespearean films from a variety of perspectives: as works of art in their own right; as products of the international movie industry; in terms of cinematic and theatrical genres; and as the work of particular directors from Laurence Olivier and Orson Welles to Franco Zeffirelli and Kenneth Branagh. They also consider specific issues such as the portrayal of Shakespeare's women and the supernatural. The emphasis is on feature films for cinema, rather than television, with strong coverage of Hamlet, Richard III, Macbeth, King Lear and Romeo and Juliet. A guide to further reading and a useful filmography are also provided.

Russell Jackson is Allardyce Nicoll Professor of Drama in the Department of Drama and Theatre Arts, University of Birmingham

List of contributors
Preface
A note on references
Introduction: Shakespeare, films and the marketplace
Adaptation and Its Contexts
From play-script to screenplay
Video and its paradoxes
Critical junctures in Shakespeare screen history: the case of Richard III
Shakespeare and movie genre: the case of Hamlet
Genres and Plays
The comedies on film
Filming Shakespeare's history: three films of Richard III
Hamlet, Macbeth and King Lear on film
The tragedies of love on film
Directors
The Shakespeare films of Laurence Olivier
Orson Welles and filmed Shakespeare
Grigori Kozintsev's Hamlet and King Lear
Franco Zeffirelli and Shakespeare
Flamboyant realist: Kenneth Branagh
Critical Issues
Looking at Shakespeare's women on film
National and racial stereotypes in Shakespeare films
Shakespeare the illusionist: filming the supernatural
Shakespeare's cinematic offshoots
Further reading
Filmography
Index

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