Shakespeare Films in the Making
Vision, Production and Reception
By (author) Professor Russell Jackson
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Shakespeare Films in the Making by Professor Russell Jackson
Book DescriptionShakespeare Films in the Making examines the production and reception of five feature-length Shakespeare films from the twentieth century, focusing on the ways in which they articulate visions of their Shakespearean originals, of the fictional worlds in which the films are set, and of the movie-makers' own society. Warner Brothers' 1935 A Midsummer Night's Dream and MGM's 1936 Romeo and Juliet were products of the Hollywood system and reflect the studios' desire to enhance their status with 'prestige pictures'. Olivier's 1944 Henry V was part of Britain's cultural war effort and embodies visions of the medieval past and ideal leadership. The Romeo and Juliet films of Renato Castellani (1954) and Franco Zeffirelli (1968) embodied visions of Renaissance Italy that contrast - in differing ways - with MGM's film. This book offers readings of these significant and influential films, supported by extensive archival research, including studio documents, script revisions, publicity materials and reviews.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521815475
(228mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 2-Aug-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Shakespeare and the English-speaking Cinema offers a lively and authorative account of the ways in which Shakespeare's plays have been adapted for the screen.
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Author Biography - Professor Russell Jackson
Russell Jackson is Allardyce Professor of Drama in the Department of Drama and Theatre Arts at the University of Birmingham.
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