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  • 22 b/w illus. 1 table
  • Page extent: 280 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.38 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 791.43/75
  • Dewey version: 20
  • LC Classification: PR3093 .S53 1994
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Shakespeare, William,--1564-1616--Film and video adaptations
    • English drama--Film and video adaptations
    • Television adaptations
    • Film adaptations

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521435734 | ISBN-10: 0521435730)

  • There was also a Hardback of this title but it is no longer available
  • Published October 1994

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Toward the end of the 1980s it looked as if television had displaced film as the photographic medium for bringing Shakespeare to the modern audience. In recent years there has been a renaissance of Shakespearean film by directors such as Kenneth Branagh, Franco Zeffirelli, Peter Greenaway, and Christina Ezard. In this volume, a range of writers study the best known and most entertaining film, television and video versions of Shakespeare's plays, with particular attention given to the work of Olivier, Zeffirelli and Kurosawa, and to the BBC television series. The volume also includes a survey of previous scholarship and criticism as well as a comprehensive filmography.


1. Shakespeare on film and television: a retrospect Anthony Davies; 2. Shakespeare on the screen: a selective filmography Graham Holderness and Christopher McCullough; 3. Two-dimensional Shakespeare: King Lear on film Peter Holland; 4. Verbal-visual, verbal-pictorial or textual-televisual? Reflections on the BBC Shakespeare series Michele Willems; 5. Two types of television Shakespeare Neil Taylor; 6. Shakespeare's comedies on film Russell Jackson; 7. The English history play on screen Michael Manheim; 8. A world elsewhere: the Roman plays on film and television Samuel Crowl; 9. Zeffirelli's Shakespeare Ace G. Pilkinton; 10. The films of Hamlet Neil Taylor; 11. Filming Othello Anthony Davies; 12. Representing King Lear on screen: from metatheatre to `metacinema' Kenneth S. Rothwell; 13. Kurosawa's Shakespeare films: Throne of Blood, The Bad Sleep Well, and Ran Robert Hapgood; 14. Macbeth on film: politics E. Pearlman.


"Given the recent explosion of interest in Shakespeare on film, this strong collection (which includes Graham Holderness and Christopher McCullough's useful compendium of Shakespeare on film) offers an excellent and timely overview." SEL

"Anthony Davies and Stanley Wells have assembled something like a compact encyclopedia of Shakepeare on film and video. ...the critical review and bibliography in the introduction as well as individual articles make the volume the most useful source book for this area up to 1994." R. Thomas Simone, Shakespeare Quarterly


Anthony Davies, Graham Holderness, Christopher McCullough, Peter Holland, Michele Willems, Neil Taylor, Russell Jackson, Michael Manheim, Samuel Crowl, Ace G. Pilkinton, Anthony Davies, Kenneth S. Rothwell, Robert Hapgood, E. Pearlman

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