Shakespeare and the Moving Image: The Plays on Film and Television

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Anthony Davies, Stanley Wells
Cambridge University Press, 1994 - Drama - 266 pages
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Towards the end of the 1980s it looked as if television had displaced cinema as the photographic medium for bringing Shakespeare to the modern audience. In recent years there has been a renaissance of Shakespearian cinema, including Kenneth Branagh's Henry V and Much Ado About Nothing, Franco Zeffirelli's Hamlet, Peter Greenaway's Prospero's Books and Christine Edzard's As You Like It. In this volume a range of writers study the best known and most entertaining film, television and video versions of Shakespeare's plays. Particular attention is given to the work of Olivier, Zeffirelli and Kurosawa, and to the BBC Television series. In addition the volume includes a survey of previous scholarship and an invaluable filmography.
 

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Contents

Shakespeare on film and television a retrospect
1
Shakespeare on the screen a selective filmography
18
Twodimensional Shakespeare King Lear on film
50
Verbalvisual verbalpictorial or textualtelevisual? Reflections on the BBC Shakespeare series
69
Two types of television Shakespeare
86
Shakespeares comedies on film
99
The English history play on screen
121
A world elsewhere the Roman plays on film and television
146
Zeffirellis Shakespeare
163
The films of Hamlet
180
Filming Othello
196
Representing King Law on screen from metatheatre to metacinema
211
Kurosawas Shakespeare films Throne of Blood The Bad Sleep Well and Ran
234
Macbeth on film policies
250
Index
261
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