A History of Shakespeare on Screen: A Century of Film and Television

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Cambridge University Press, Oct 28, 2004 - Literary Criticism - 380 pages
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A History of Shakespeare on Screen, first published in 2004, chronicles how film-makers have re-imagined Shakespeare's plays from the earliest exhibitions in music halls and nickelodeons to today's multi-million dollar productions shown in megaplexes. Topics include the silent era, Hollywood in the Golden Age, the films of Laurence Olivier and Orson Welles, the television scene to include the BBC plays, the avant-garde cinema of Jarman and Greenaway, and non-Anglophone contributions from Japan and elsewhere. This second edition updates the chronology to the year 2003 and includes a new chapter on such recent films as John Madden's Shakespeare in Love, Kenneth Branagh's Love's Labours Lost, Michael Almereyda's Hamlet, and Billy Morrissette's Scotland, Pa. A filmography, bibliography, and index of names makes it invaluable as a one-volume reference work for specialists, while the accessible style will ensure that it also appeals to a wider audience of Shakespeareans and cinephiles.
  

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Ken Rothwell's first edition is wider than it is deep, but still a remarkable achievement. Every Shakespeare film known up to the time of writing gets some sort of listing and Ken wrote the big picture narrative of Shakespeare films very well. Read full review

Contents

Shakespeare in silence from stage to screen
1
Hollywoods four seasons of Shakespeare
27
Laurence Olivier directs Shakespeare
47
Orson Welles Shakespeare for the art houses
69
Electronic Shakespeare from television to the web
91
Spectacle and song in Castellani and Zeffirelli
119
Shakespeare movies in the age of angst
136
Other Shakespeares translation and expropriation
160
The renaissance of Shakespeare in moving images
219
Shakespeare in love in love with Shakespeare the adoration after the millennium
248
Notes
275
Bibliography
299
Chronological list of films
318
Filmography and title index
328
Name index
367
Copyright

Shakespeare in the cinema of transgression and beyond
192

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About the author (2004)

Kenneth S. Rothwell is Professor of English Emeritus at the University of Vermont, Burlington. He was the co-founder and co-editor with Bernice W. Kliman of the Shakespeare on Film Newsletter. He co-chaired the Shakespeare on Film Seminar at the Tokyo 1991 World Shakespeare Congress, and he produced the Shakespeare on Film Festival at the Los Angeles 1996 World Shakespeare Congress. He compiled with Annabelle Henkin Melzer Shakespeare on Screen: An International Filmography and Videography (1990), and 'Occasional Paper no. 8', a monograph on Shakespeare silent films for the International Shakespeare Association (2000) series.

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