Shakespeare at the Cineplex: The Kenneth Branagh Era

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Ohio University Press, 2003 - Literary Criticism - 254 pages
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The Last Decade Of The Twentieth Century proved to be the most fertile in the hundred-year history of Shakespeare on film. Samuel Crowl's study, Shakespeare at the Cineplex, is the first comprehensive critical exploration of the fifteen major Shakespeare films released since the surprising success of Kenneth Branagh's Henry V (1989). The period between the fall of the Berlin Wall and the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, constitutes what Crowl terms the long decade in which British and American film directors turned increasingly to the works of classic authors as material for films. The success of Branagh's Much Ado About Nothing and Baz Luhrmann's William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet made Shakespeare a hot property in Hollywood. Shakespeare at the Cineplex provides a full account of the rich variety of the Shakespeare films released in the long decade, from Hollywood-saturated productions like Franco Zeffirelli's Hamlet and Michael Hoffman's A Midsummer Night's Dream to more modest, low-budget, experimental offerings like Christine Edzard's As You Like It and Adrian Noble's A Midsummer Night's Dream. While Crowl credits Branagh for the remarkable renaissance of Shakespear
 

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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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