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The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare on Screen


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Judith Buchanan, Deborah Cartmell, Peter Holland, Mark Thornton Burnett, Ramona Wray, Peter Kirwan, Victoria Bladen, Kinga Földváry, Peter J. Smith, Antony Guy Patricia, Russell Jackson, Courtney Lehmann, Patricia Lennox, Emma Smith, Anne-Marie Costantini-Cornède, Nathalie Vienne-Guerrin, Sarah Hatchuel, Poonam Trivedi
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  • Date Published: December 2020
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108431552

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  • The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare on Screen provides a lively guide to film and television productions adapted from Shakespeare's plays. Offering an essential resource for students of Shakespeare, the companion considers topics such as the early history of Shakespeare films, the development of 'live' broadcasts from theatre to cinema, the influence of promotion and marketing, and the range of versions available in 'world cinema'. Chapters on the contexts, genres and critical issues of Shakespeare on screen offer a diverse range of close analyses, from 'Classical Hollywood' films to the BBC's Hollow Crown series. The companion also features sections on the work of individual directors Orson Welles, Akira Kurosawa, Franco Zeffirelli, Kenneth Branagh, and Vishal Bhardwaj, and is supplemented by a guide to further reading and a filmography.

    • Chapters encompass diverse critical and historical approaches to topics, providing a valuable introduction for non-specialist readers to different critical strategies
    • Featuring lively and engaging chapters on the history of cinema, television adaptations, major directors, world cinema and 'live' Shakespeare broadcast
    • Up-to-date analysis of recent films and digital adaptations of Shakespeare with a broad range of productions released in the last ten years
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    Reviews & endorsements

    '… it includes both entirely new content and a more inclusive definition of screen adaptations.' A. Tureen, Choice

    '… an excellent starting point for any analytical exploration of the manifestations of Shakespeare on Screen. This is evidently a timely volume that both demonstrates that there is still analytical work to be done on established or older productions of Shakespeare on screen.' Sarah Carter, Cahiers Élisabéthains: A Journal of English Renaissance Studies

    '… extensive and immensely useful' Sarah Carter, Cahiers Elisabethains

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2020
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108431552
    • length: 320 pages
    • dimensions: 150 x 230 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.44kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Adaptation and its Contexts:
    1. Shakespeare and the film industry of the pre-sound era Judith Buchanan
    2. Adaptation and the marketing of Shakespeare in classical Hollywood Deborah Cartmell
    3. Shakespeare 'live' Peter Holland
    4. Shakespearean cinemas/global directions Mark Thornton Burnett
    Part II. Genres and Plays:
    5. The comedies on screen Ramona Wray
    6. The environments of tragedy on screen: Hamlet, King Lear, Macbeth Peter Kirwan
    7. Two tragedies of love: Romeo and Juliet and Othello Victoria Bladen
    8. 'Sad stories of the death of kings': The Hollow Crown and the Shakespearean history play on screen Kinga Földváry
    9. The Roman plays on film Peter J. Smith
    10. Screening Shakespearean fantasy and romance in A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Tempest Antony Guy Patricia
    Part III. Critical Issues:
    11. Questions of racism: The Merchant of Venice and Othello Russell Jackson
    12. 'A wail in the silence': feminism, sexuality, and final meanings in King Lear films by Grigorii Kozintsev, Peter Brook, and Akira Kurosawa Courtney Lehmann
    13. Violence, tragic and comic, in Coriolanus and The Taming of the Shrew Patricia Lennox
    Part IV. Directors:
    14. The Shakespeare films of Orson Welles Emma Smith
    15. Kurosawa's Shakespeare: mute heavens, merging worlds, or the metaphors of cruelty Anne-Marie Costantini-Cornède
    16. Zeffirelli's Shakespearean motion pictures: living monuments Nathalie Vienne-Guerrin
    17. Kenneth Branagh: mainstreaming Shakespeare in movie theatres Sarah Hatchuel
    18. Remaking Shakespeare in India: Vishal Bhardwaj's films Poonam Trivedi
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  • Editor

    Russell Jackson, University of Birmingham
    Russell Jackson is Emeritus Professor of Drama in the University of Birmingham. He has published widely on Shakespeare, film and theatre and has worked as textual consultant for many film and theatre productions of Shakespeare's plays, including those directed by Kenneth Branagh and Michael Grandage. Among his most recent publications are Theatres on Film: How the Cinema Imagines the Stage (2013), Shakespeare and the English-Speaking Cinema (2014) and Shakespeare in the Theatre: Trevor Nunn (2018).


    Judith Buchanan, Deborah Cartmell, Peter Holland, Mark Thornton Burnett, Ramona Wray, Peter Kirwan, Victoria Bladen, Kinga Földváry, Peter J. Smith, Antony Guy Patricia, Russell Jackson, Courtney Lehmann, Patricia Lennox, Emma Smith, Anne-Marie Costantini-Cornède, Nathalie Vienne-Guerrin, Sarah Hatchuel, Poonam Trivedi

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