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A History of Shakespeare on Screen: A Century of Film and Television Hardcover – September 28, 1999


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'The don of Shakespeare on screen has done it again. Kenneth Rothwell's History of Shakespeare on Screen is an instant classic - required reading for anyone who works on the subject, and fascinating reading for those who do not. In a tour de force, Rothwell presents an invaluable critical history of one hundred years of screened Shakespeare in 259 pages of text. One of the most important recent books on Shakespeare, it is unlikely to be surpassed.' Barbara Freedman, Shakespeare Quarterly

'For a century, Shakespeare's plays have been a goldmine of scenarios and scripts for hundreds of films, silent and otherwise, and, more recently, of television dramas. In this well-informed and wide-ranging book, at once magisterial and entertaining, Kenneth Rothwell takes us from the beginnings - Beerbohm Tree's death throes as King John (1899) - almost to the present - Baz Luhrmann's William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet (1996).' Stanley Wells, The Daily Telegraph

'[Rothwell] is an extremely compelling analyst of 'film rhetoric' - of particular technologies of style ... of details one might otherwise miss on first viewing. Written accounts of moving images are necessarily impoverished, but Rothwell, characteristically, turns even this problem to his advantage; he makes you want to see the movies yourself.' The Times Literary Supplement

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This book chronicles how film-makers have re-imagined Shakespeare's plays in moving images from their earliest exhibition in nickelodeons to today's multi-million dollar productions. A filmography, bibliography and index of names make it invaluable as a one-volume reference work for specialists but it will also appeal to a more general audience.
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  • Hardcover: 366 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (September 28, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521594049
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521594042
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,404,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This penetrating work explores Shakespearean productions during the silent era, Hollywood in the 30's, and the films of L. Olivier, Orson wells, Jarman, Greenway, and the renaissance accomplished by director actor Kenneth Brannagh. Professors have recommended it as an excellent reference book for specialists as well as a text that is accessible to non-academic film enthusiasts.
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Cyberbambi123 on January 31, 2001
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every year there are 3 - 5 new adaption of Shakespear-plays for the silverscreen. Good written book but not the lexica-type reference work. Only a few pictures. a complete filmographie with credits is unfortunately missing. other books about Shakespear on screen: "Shakespeare on Film" by Robert Shaughnessy; "Shakespeare in the Movies: From the Silent Era To The Present Day" by Douglas Brode, "Shakespeare, the Movie" by Lynda E. Boose
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