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Studying Shakespeare On Film

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A hands-on introductory guide to analyzing and discussing Shakespeare on screen. Part One establishes the differences between Shakespeare on stage and film, with Part Two providing a historical introduction to Shakespeare on film. Part Three explores the key modes and genre conventions used in Shakespeare on film and Part Four contains a series of critical essays, while Part Five discusses Shakespeare on TV. At every stage students are provided with critical knowledge and vocabulary to analyze Shakespeare on ...

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Overview

A hands-on introductory guide to analyzing and discussing Shakespeare on screen. Part One establishes the differences between Shakespeare on stage and film, with Part Two providing a historical introduction to Shakespeare on film. Part Three explores the key modes and genre conventions used in Shakespeare on film and Part Four contains a series of critical essays, while Part Five discusses Shakespeare on TV. At every stage students are provided with critical knowledge and vocabulary to analyze Shakespeare on screen.

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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403906724
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 2/1/2007
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

MAURICE HINDLE is Associate Lecturer in Literature and Senior Faculty Manager in Arts for the Open University.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
• Acknowledgements
• Abbreviations/Acronyms
• Introduction
• PART I: SHAKESPEARE AND THE LANGUAGE OF FILM
• Filming and Staging Shakespeare: Some Contrasts
• The Audience: Individual and Collective Experience
• The Space of the Movie Screen
• Imagery: Verbal and Visual
• Putting It All Together
• PART II: THE HISTORY OF SHAKESPEARE ON FILM 1899-2005
• Silent Shakespeare
• The Thirties: Hollywood Shakespeare
• The Forties: Olivier and Welles
• The Fifties: Postwar diversity
• The Sixties and Seventies: Cultural Revolution, Filmic Innovation
• The Nineties: Branagh's Renaissance and the Shakespeare on Film Revival
• 2000 and Beyond: Shakespeare on Film in the New Millennium
• PART III: COMMUNICATING SHAKESPEARE ON FILM: MODES, STYLES, GENRES
• The Theatrical Mode
• The Realistic Mode
• The Filmic Mode
• The Periodising Mode
• Film Genre: Conventions and Codes
• Genre conventions and the Shakespeare Film Adaptation
• A Cross-cultural Shakespeare Adaptation: Kurosawa's Kumonosu-Djo (The Castle of the Spider's Web: Throne of Blood)
• PART IV: SHAKESPEARE ON FILM: CRITICAL ESSAYS
• Comedies: Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Night's Dream
• Histories: Henry V, Richard III
• Tragedies: Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Macbeth
• PART V: SHAKESPEARE ON TELEVISION
• Film and TV: the Key Differences
• The BBC-TV Series: Shooting the Complete Canon
• TV Shakespeare: the Stage/Screen Hybrid
• Appendix 1: Box Office Data for Selected Shakespeare Film Adaptations on Theatrical Release in US Movie Theatres from 1989
• Appendix 2: Kenneth Brannagh's Much Ado About Nothing (1993): Structure of Emotional Registers and Rhythms
• References
• Suggested Further Reading
• List of Films Discussed
• Some Useful Websites
• Glossary of Terms
• Index

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