Shakespeare, Film Studies, and the Visual Cultures of Modernity (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2008) - The most comprehensive treatment up to the present of the silent period of Shakespeare filmmaking and proposes a theory of adaptation as cultural history. A book by Anthony Guneratne, associate professor of communication and multimedia studies at Florida Atlantic University.
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"This book includes the most comprehensive treatment up to the present of the silent period of Shakespeare filmmaking and proposes a theory of adaptation as cultural history. As well as offering an explanation of why most Shakespeare films have been produced in groups or cycles, it relates the activities of filmmakers working in diverse national industries and historical contexts. Drawing together such figures as Beerbohm Tree, Bernhardt, Bertini, Nielsen, Max Reinhardt, George Kleine, Lubitsch, Hitchcock, and Cukor, together with key examples from later filmmaking, this comprehensive work claims that Shakespeare films offer an alternative history of cinema."
"Shakespeare, Film Studies, and the Visual Cultures of Modernity is a remarkable book, one that exhibits both sensitivity to Shakespeare's texts and a wide knowledge of international cinema. Theoretically sophisticated but never obscure, written in a flowing, attractive prose, Guneratne's study expands beyond any previous approach to Shakespeare on film to become a complex meditation on the cinema itself."--Michael Anderegg, Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor of English Emeritus and author of Cinematic Shakespeare and Orson Welles, Shakespeare, and Popular Culture
"Shakespeare, Film Studies, and the Visual Cultures of Modernity is provocative and original, proposing what amounts to a history of cinema seen through the lens of Shakespeare film. Guneratne writes with deep learning across several media histories and disciplines and makes illuminating connections no one else has thought of making. His is one of the most interesting voices to come out of the wave of new work on Shakespeare films."--Peter S. Donaldson, Professor of Literature, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and author of Shakespearean Films/Shakespearean Directors
TABLE OF CONTENTS / TABLE DES MATIERES
Introduction * Reconstituting King John * Frederick Warde and the Transformation of American Cinema * The Exfoliating Folio, or Trans- and Inter-national Avant-Gardes * Orson Welles vs. William Shakespeare: Genre, Style, and the "politique des auteurs" * The Shakespeares of van Sant, Branagh, Pasolini, Godard, Greenaway and Luhrmann
Price : $89.95 - Hardcover (1-4039-6788-1)
Description : 368 pages | 6 b&w photos | 6 1/8 x 9 1/4 | 2008