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Shakespeare in the cinema : ocular proof
Buhler, Stephen M., 1954-
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Albany : State University of New York Press, [2002]

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xi, 213 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.

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A comprehensive look at film adaptations of Shakespeare's plays.

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Stephen M. Buhler is Associate Professor of English at the University of Nebraska--Lincoln.

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Treating both canonical and noncanonical films, Buhler (English, Univ. of Nebraska, Lincoln) takes his subtitle from Othello's demand for visible evidence of Desdemona's infidelity and devotes a chapter to "three [film] versions of Othello" (1922, 1955, and 1995) to define what he calls the "Shakespeare test." In chapter 3, the author considers "documentary approaches" such as the Burge Othello and the Richardson Hamlet, both derived from London stage productions, and also includes the 1936 "pseudo-documentary" short Master Will Shakespeare, not covered in other collections. Other chapters discuss adaptations by actor-directors such as Olivier, Welles, and Branagh; "transgressive" adaptations such as Greenaway's Prospero's Books; the "linguistic and cultural translations" of Kozintsev, Kurosawa, and Godard; and star-driven adaptations such as the Burton-Taylor Shrew and the Mel Gibson Hamlet. Chapter 5, "Shakespeare the Filmmaker," considers Olivier's Henry V, Polanski's Macbeth, and Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet. A concluding chapter evaluates a century of Shakespeare by discussing Hoffman's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Taymor's Titus, and Madden's Shakespeare in Love. The book parallels but does not duplicate Shakespeare, Film, Fin de Siecle, ed. by Mark Thornton Burnett and Ramona Wray (2000). It holds its own in a now-cluttered field as a resource for lower- and upper-division undergraduates and above. J. M. Welsh Salisbury University

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Chapter 1 Introduction: The Shakespeare Testp. 1
Chapter 2 Ocular Proof: Three Versions of Othellop. 11
Chapter 3 Documentary Shakespearep. 33
Chapter 4 Shakespeare and the Screen Idolp. 51
Chapter 5 Shakespeare the Filmmakerp. 73
Chapter 6 The Revenge of the Actor-Managerp. 95
Chapter 7 Transgressive, in Theoryp. 125
Chapter 8 Gaining in Translationp. 157
Chapter 9 Conclusion: The Next Century of Shakespearep. 179
Works Citedp. 195
Index of Shakespearean Plays and Filmsp. 203
General Indexp. 207