Title: 100 Shakespeare Films: BFI Screen Guides
Publisher: British Film Institute, London
Publication Date: 2007
Book Condition: New
320pp Illustrated. [In stock in Australia, for immediate delivery] From Oscar-winning British classics to Hollywood musicals and Westerns, from Soviet epics to Bollywood thrillers, Shakespeare has inspired an almost infinite variety of films. Directors as diverse as Orson Welles, Akira Kurosawa, Franco Zeffirelli, Kenneth Branagh, Baz Luhrmann and Julie Taymor have transferred Shakespeare's plays from stage to screen with unforgettable results. Spanning a century of cinema, from a silent short of’The Tempest’ (1907) to Kenneth Branagh's ‘As You Like It’ (2006), Daniel Rosenthal's up-to-date selection takes in the most important, inventive and unusual Shakespeare films ever made. Half are British and American productions that retain Shakespeare's language, including key works such as Olivier's’Henry V’ and’Hamlet’, Welles'‘Othello’ and’Chimes at Midnight’, Branagh's’Henry V’ and’Hamlet’, Luhrmann's’Romeo + Juliet’ and Taymor's’Titus’. Alongside these original-text films are more than 30 genre adaptations: titles that aim for a wider audience by using modernised dialogue and settings and customising Shakespeare's plots and characters, transforming Macbeth into a pistol-packing gangster (‘Joe Macbeth and Maqbool’) or reimagining Othello as a jazz musician (‘All Night Long’). There are Shakespeare-based Westerns (‘Johnny Hamlet, King of Texas’), musicals (‘West Side Story, Kiss Me Kate’), high-school comedies (‘10 Things I Hate About You’ and’She's the Man’), even a sci-fi adventure (‘Forbidden Planet’). There are also films dominated by the performance of a Shakespearean play (‘A Double Life, Shakespeare in Love’). Rosenthal emphasises the global nature of Shakespearean cinema, with entries on more than 20 foreign-language titles, including Kurosawa's’Throne of Blood’ and’Ran’, Grigori Kozintsev's’Russian Hamlet’ and’King Lear’, and little-known features from as far afield as Madagascar and Venezuela, some never released in Britain or the US. He considers the films' production and box-office history and examines the film-makers' key interpretive decisions in comparison to their Shakespearean sources, focusing on cinematography, landscape, music, performance, production design, textual alterations and omissions. Presented alphabetically by Shakespeare play, each chapter begins with a handy synopsis, followed by chronological film entries. There are also guides to Further Reading and what's available on DVD and Video. As cinema plays an increasingly important role in the study of Shakespeare at schools and universities, this is a wide-ranging, entertaining and accessible guide for Shakespeare teachers, students and enthusiasts. Bookseller Inventory # 4347
Synopsis: From Oscar-winning British classics to Hollywood musicals and Westerns, from Soviet epics to Bollywood thrillers, Shakespeare has inspired an almost infinite variety of films. Spanning a century of cinema, from a silent short of The Tempest (1907) to Kenneth Branagh's As You Like It (2006), this work includes a selection Shakespeare films.
From the Inside Flap: "In many ways, Shakespeare's plays seem more suitable to cinematic interpretation than to the theater." - Julie Taymor.
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