Shakespeare at the Cineplex: The Kenneth Branagh Era

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Ohio University Press, 2003 - Literary Criticism - 254 pages
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Rated ‘Outstanding’ in the 2004 edition of University Press Books Selected for Public and Secondary School Libraries


Samuel Crowl's Shakespeare at the Cineplex: The Kenneth Branagh Era is the first thorough exploration of the fifteen major Shakespeare films released since the surprising success of Kenneth Branagh's Henry V (1989). Crowl presents the rich variety of these films in the “long decade: between the fall of the Berlin Wall and the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.” The productions range from Hollywood-saturated films such as Franco Zeffirelli's Hamlet and Michael Hoffman's A Midsummer Night's Dream to more modest, experimental offerings, such as Christine Edzard's As You Like It.

Now available in paperback, Shakespeare at the Cineplex will be welcome reading for fans, students, and scholars of Shakespeare in performance.
  

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Excellent critique on films based on Shakespeare. Great resource to evaluate the effectiveness of themes and techniques used in films on Shakespeare's works.
Its the kind of book you're supposed to
read AFTER you've studied the text and the films O_o It's a critique assuming that the reader is familiar with Shakespeare's works and the films. 

Contents

1 The Long Decade 19892001
1
2 The Words of Mercury and the Songs of Apollo
25
3 The Golden Girl and a Fistful of Dust
47
4 Shakespeare and Hollywood
64
5 Song Sea and Sexual Mystery
79
6 Checkmate
91
7 Changing Colors Like the Chameleon
105
8 Shooting Stars
119
10 Bankside Shakespeare
155
11 Shakespeare and Hollywood Revisited
170
12 The Prince of Manhattan
187
13 A Wilderness of Tigers
203
14 Conclusion
218
Notes
225
Index
249
Copyright

9 A Clean WellSpoken Place
135

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Samuel Crowl is Trustee Professor of English at Ohio University, where he has taught since 1970.

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