The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare on Film

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Russell Jackson, Russell Bennett Jackson
Cambridge University Press, 2000 M10 26 - 342 pages
Film adaptations of Shakespeare's plays are increasingly popular and now figure prominently in the study of his work and its reception. This lively Companion is a collection of critical and historical essays on the films adapted from, and inspired by, Shakespeare's plays. 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; in terms of cinematic and theatrical genres; 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. A guide to further reading and a useful filmography are also provided.

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Contents

From playscript to screenplay
15
Video and its paradoxes
35
Critical junctures in Shakespeare screen history the case of Richard III
47
Shakespeare and movie genre the case of Hamlet
72
Genres and plays
83
The comedies on film
85
Filming Shakespeares history three films of Richard III
99
Hamlet Macbeth and King Lear on film
117
Grigori Kozintsevs Hamlet and King Lear
199
Franco Zeffirelli and Shakespeare
212
Flamboyant realist Kenneth Branagh
222
Critical issues
239
Looking at Shakespeares women on film
241
National and racial stereotypes in Shakespeare films
261
Shakespeare the illusionist filming the supernatural
274
Shakespeares cinematic offshoots
295

The tragedies of love on film
135
Directors
161
The Shakespeare films of Laurence Olivier
163
Orson Welles and f1lmed Shakespeare
183
FURTHER READING
314
FILMOGRAPHY
318
INDEX
325
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