Framing Shakespeare on Film

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The aesthetics of frame theory form the basis of Framing Shakespeare on Film. This groundbreaking work expands on the discussion of film constructivists in its claim that the spectacle of Shakespeare on film is a problem-solving activity.

Kathy Howlett demonstrates convincingly how viewers' expectations for understanding Shakespeare on film can be manipulated by the director's cinematic technique. Emphasizing that the successful film can transform Shakespeare's text while ...

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Overview


The aesthetics of frame theory form the basis of Framing Shakespeare on Film. This groundbreaking work expands on the discussion of film constructivists in its claim that the spectacle of Shakespeare on film is a problem-solving activity.

Kathy Howlett demonstrates convincingly how viewers' expectations for understanding Shakespeare on film can be manipulated by the director's cinematic technique. Emphasizing that the successful film can transform Shakespeare's text while remaining rooted in Shakespearean conceptions, Howlett raises the question of how directors and audiences understand the genre of Shakespeare on film and reveals how the medium alters the patterns through which the audience views Shakespeare.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780821412473
  • Publisher: Ohio University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 275
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author


Kathy M. Howlett has taught Shakespeare at Northeastern University and is the author of articles on Shakespeare, film, and Aphra Behn.
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Table of Contents

Illustrations
Credits
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Rare Visions 1
Ch. 1 The Frame's the Thing: Franco Zeffirelli's Hamlet 20
Ch. 2 The Voyeuristic Pleasures of Perversion: Orson Welles's Othello 52
Ch. 3 Framing Ambiguity: Kenneth Branagh's Henry V 92
Ch. 4 Breaking the Frame: Akira Kurosawa's Ran 115
Ch. 5 Vivid Negativity: Richard Loncraine's Richard III 128
Ch. 6 Utopian Revisioning of Falstaff's Tavern World: Orson Welles's Chimes at Midnight and Gus Van Sant's My Own Private Idaho 149
Ch. 7 Playing on the Rim of the Frame: Kenneth Branagh's A Midwinter's Tale 178
Notes 201
Bibliography 231
Filmography 243
Index 249
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