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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Shakespeare on Film

Edition 2nd Edition
ISBN 9781137286840
Publication Date September 2015
Formats Paperback Ebook Hardcover 
Publisher Palgrave

An approachable guide to Shakespeare on film, this book establishes the differences between stage and screen. It covers the history of Shakespeare on the screen since 1899, and discusses various modes and conventions of adaptations. Thoroughly updated to include the most recent films, for instance Joss Whedon's 2013 Much Ado About Nothing, it also explores the latest technology, such as DVD and Blu-ray, as well as live stage-to-screen productions. It also includes an exclusive interview with filmmaker John Wyver, discussing his own adaptations for the small screen.

Maurice Hindle is an independent writer and scholar. He is currently Visiting Fellow in the Department of English at The Open University, and a Trustee of the Rose Playhouse, London's first Tudor Theatre on Bankside. He also managed to completion in 2013 the AHRC-funded project he devised for De Montfort University, Shakespearean London Theatres (ShaLT), a collaboration with the V&A Museum, London. Among other publications, he has edited the Penguin Classics Editions of Dracula, Frankenstein and Caleb Williams.

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations/Acronyms
Preface to the Second Edition
Introduction
PART I: SHAKESPEARE AND THE LANGUAGE OF FILM
Filming and Staging Shakespeare: Some Contrasts
The Audience: Individual and Collective Experience
Imagery: Verbal and Visual
Bringing It All Together
PART II THE HISTORY OF SHAKESPEARE ON FILM 1899-2014
Silent Shakespeare
The Thirties: Hollywood Shakespeare
The Forties: Olivier and Welles
The Fifties: Post-war Diversity
The Sixties and Seventies: Cultural Revolution, Filmic Innovation
The Nineties: Branagh's Renaissance and the Shakespeare on Film Revival
Shakespeare on Film in the 21st Century
PART III COMMUNICATING SHAKESPEARE ON FILM: MODES, STYLES, GENRES
The Theatrical Mode
The Realistic Mode
The Filmic Mode
The Periodizing Mode
Film Genre: Conventions and Codes
Genre Conventions and the Shakespeare Film Adaptation
A Cross-cultural Shakespeare Adaptation: Kurosawa's Kumonosu-Jo
PART IV: CRITICAL ESSAYS
COMEDIES
Introductory Note
Kenneth Branagh's Much Ado About Nothing (UK, 1993)
Adrian Noble's A Midsummer Night's Dream (UK, 1996)
Michael Hoffman's A Midsummer Night's Dream (USA, 1999)
HISTORIES
Introductory Note
Laurence Olivier's Henry V (UK, 1994)
Kenneth Branagh's Henry V (UK, 1989)
Laurence Olivier's Richard III (UK, 1955)
Richard Loncraine's Richard III (UK, 1995)
TRAGEDIES
Introductory
Franco Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet (UK/Italy, 1968)
Baz Luhrmann's William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet (USA, 1996)
Laurence Olivier's Hamlet (UK, 1948)
Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet (UK, 1996)
Michael Almereyda's Hamlet (USA, 2000)
Orson Welles's Macbeth (USA, 1948)
Roman Polanski's Macbeth (UK, 1971)
PART V SHAKESPEARE ON THE SMALL SCREEN
Film, TV and Small Screen Shakespeare
The BBC-TV Series: Shooting the Complete Canon
The Stage-Screen Hybrid: Shakespeare on TV/DVD/Blu-ray
Appendix: Filming Shakespeare for the Small Screen An Interview with John Wyver, Illuminations filmmaker and producer
References
Suggested Further Reading
Select Filmography
Some Useful Websites
Glossary of Terms
Index

Reviews

Praise for the first edition: "Comprehensive, reliable and authoritative." - Robert Shaughnessy, University of Kent, UK"Hindle's Studying Shakespeare on Film is a storehouse of pedagogical resources and interpretive riches. At once encyclopedic in scope and finely textured in detail, this cinematically literate volume takes Shakespeare films seriously as films. It deftly shows students the way to do the same." - Richard Rambuss, Emory University, USA"... [A] surprisingly approachable examination of the Bard on screen..." - Film Review "Maurice Hindle's study is comprehensive and well-grounded; it is a remarkable guide for students exploring some of the most exciting and influential Shakespeare adaptations; it introduces the reader to detailed critical knowledge and demonstrates the use of filmic language when analysing and discussing Shakespeare on screen." - Hans Schwarze, Learning, Media and Technology Praise for the second edition: "Hindle's Shakespeare On Film is the most up-to-date and comprehensive guide to studying Shakespeare's plays on screen and essential reading for teachers and students alike." – Marion Wynne-Davies, University of Surrey, UK "In this highly recommended second edition of Shakespeare on Film, Maurice Hindle offers a rich, up-to-date survey of cinematic adaptations of Shakespeare. In addition to fascinating case studies and essays on individual films, the book critically engages with how we now view such films in very different ways across a wide range of digital media such as television, DVD and Blu-ray." – Paul Newland, Aberystwyth University, UK
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