Shakespeare in Hollywood, 1929-1956

Shakespeare in Hollywood, 1929-1956

by Robert Frank Willson

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Shakespeare In Hollywood 19291956 is an informative historical study of five major productions and several offshoots of Shakespeare's plays by the Hollywood film studio system. The thesis is that studios like MGM and Warner Bros. make Shakespearebased films in order to enhance their images as creators of artistic (as opposed to populist) entertainments. The films during this time span also reflect such Hollywood phenomena as contract players, overproduction, adaptations based on popular genres, that came to characterize Hollywood as an industry. Robert Wilson, professor of English at the University of Missouri Kansas City, writes with an impressive blend of insight, scholarship, and skill to fully engage the attention of the reader. Shakespeare In Hollywood 19291956 is highly recommended reading for students of Hollywood film making history, Shakespearean studies, and the nonspecialist general reader with an interest in how the greatest literary writer in the history of the English language fared at the hands of Hollywood movie moguls during the "Golden Age" of film and the studio system.

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Fairleigh Dickinson University Press
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6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

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