The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare on Film

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Russell Jackson
Cambridge University Press, Mar 29, 2007 - Literary Criticism - 368 pages
Film adaptations of Shakespeare's plays are increasingly popular and now figure prominently in the study of his work and its reception. This Companion is a lively collection of critical and historical essays on the films adapted from, and inspired by, Shakespeare's plays. Chapters have been revised and updated from the first edition to include the most recent films and scholarship. 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; 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.

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From playscript to screenplay
Video and its paradoxes
the case
the case of Hamlet
The comedies on film
three films of Richard III
Hamlet Macbeth and King Lear on film
Orson Welles and filmed Shakespeare
Grigori Kozintsevs Hamlet and King Lear
Franco Zeffirelli and Shakespeare
Kenneth Branagh
Looking at Shakespeares women on film
National and racial stereotypes in Shakespeare films
filming the supernatural
Shakespeares cinematic offshoots

The tragedies of love on film
The Shakespeare films of Laurence Olivier

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About the author (2007)

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

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