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The Cambridge companion to Shakespeare on film
Jackson, Russell, 1949-
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Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2000.
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xiv, 342 pages ; 24 cm.
Shakespeare, films and the marketplace ; From play-script to screenplay / Russell Jackson -- Video and its paradoxes / Michèle Willems -- Critical junctures in Shakespeare screen history : the case of Richard III / Barbara Freedman -- Shakespeare and movie genre : the case of Hamlet / Harry Keyishian -- Comedies on film / Michael Hattaway -- Filming Shakespeare's history : three films of Richard III / H.R. Coursen -- Hamlet, Macbeth and King Lear on film / J. Lawrence Guntner -- Tragedies of love on film / Patricia Tatspaugh -- Shakespeare films of Laurence Olivier / Anthony Davies -- Orson Welles and filmed Shakespeare / Pamela Mason -- Grigori Kozintsev's Hamlet and King Lear / Mark Sokolyansky -- Franco Zeffirelli and Shakespeare / Deborah Cartmell -- Flamboyant realist : Kenneth Branagh / Samuel Crowl -- Looking at Shakespeare's women on film / Carol Chillington Rutter.

National and racial stereotypes in Shakespeare films / Neil Taylor -- Shakespeare the illusionist : filming the supernatural / Neil Forsyth -- Shakespeare's cinematic offshoots / Tony Howard.
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This lively Companion is a collection of critical and historical essays on the films adapted from, and inspired by, Shakespeare's plays. Leading scholars discuss Shakespearean films from a variety of perspectives--as works of art in their own right, as products of the international movie industry, in relation to cinematic and theatrical genres, and as the work of particular directors from Laurence Olivier and Orson Welles to Franco Zeffirelli and Kenneth Branagh. The volume includes strong coverage of adaptations of Hamlet, Richard III, Macbeth, King Lear and Romeo and Juliet.

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A movie "insider," Jackson (Univ. of Birmingham, UK) wrote the "film diary" for the published screenplay of Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet (1996) and served as adviser for Shakespeare in Love (1998). This "companion" is actually and merely a collection of essays by Jackson and his academic colleagues in Britain, the US, and Europe covering adaptations and derivatives. Among the usual suspects are Anthony Davies on Olivier's films and Samuel Crowl on Branagh's. Herb Coursen evaluates adaptations of Richard III. Patricia Tatspaugh offers a nice discussion of Shakespeare's "tragedies of love," and Michael Hattaway is fine on the comedies. The essay on Kozintsev is perceptive and quite good. Others are borderline foolish. Olivier's Hamlet is considered a film noir, unlikely, since noir involves more than lighting and camera movement. One contributor claims that "video cannot be considered as a medium in its own right," which is nonsense, since some "filmmakers" have chosen to shoot on video. Another offers an unconvincing discussion of Shakespeare films as a "movie genre," offering allusions to Scarlett O'Hara, Robin Hood, Zorro, and Zhivago. Still another claims Zeffirelli's "pictures can speak" as "eloquently as Shakespeare's words." Questionable conclusions notwithstanding, on balance the good outweighs the not so good. For undergraduates, graduates, and general readers in need of "companionship." J. M. Welsh Salisbury State University

Table of Contents

Russell JacksonRussell JacksonMichele WillemsBarbara FreedmanHarry KeyishianMichael HattawayH. R. CoursenJ. Lawrence GuntnerPatricia TatspaughAnthony DaviesPamela MasonMark SokolyanskyDeborah CartmellSamuel CrowlCarol Chillington RutterNeil TaylorNeil ForsythTony Howard
List of contributorsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
A note on referencesp. xii
Introduction: Shakespeare, films and the marketplacep. 1
Part I Adaptation and Its Contexts
1 From play-script to screenplayp. 15
2 Video and its paradoxesp. 35
3 Critical junctures in Shakespeare screen history: the case of Richard IIIp. 47
4 Shakespeare and movie genre: the case of Hamletp. 72
Part II Genres and Plays
5 The comedies on filmp. 87
6 Filming Shakespeare's history: three films of Richard IIIp. 102
7 Hamlet, Macbeth and King Lear on filmp. 120
8 The tragedies of love on filmp. 141
Part III Directors
9 The Shakespeare films of Laurence Olivierp. 167
10 Orson Welles and filmed Shakespearep. 187
11 Grigori Kozintsev's Hamlet and King Learp. 203
12 Franco Zeffirelli and Shakespearep. 216
13 Flamboyant realist: Kenneth Branaghp. 226
Part IV Critical Issues
14 Looking at Shakespeare's women on filmp. 245
15 National and racial stereotypes in Shakespeare filmsp. 267
16 Shakespeare the illusionist: filming the supernaturalp. 280
17 Shakespeare's cinematic offshootsp. 303
Further readingp. 324
Filmographyp. 328
Indexp. 336