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Author Davies, Anthony, 1936-

Title Filming Shakespeare's plays : the adaptations of Laurence Olivier, Orson Welles, Peter Brook, and Akira Kurosawa / Anthony Davies
Published Cambridge [UK] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1988
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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 219 pages) : illustrations
Contents Theatrical and cinematic space -- Laurence Olivier's Henry V -- Laurence Olivier's Hamlet -- Laurence Olivier's Richard III -- Orson Welles's Macbeth -- Orson Welles's Othello -- Orson Welles's Chimes at Midnight -- Peter Brook's King Lear and Akira Kurosawa's Throne of Blood -- The film actor
Summary Davies begins his study with a comparison of theatrical and cinematic space showing that the dramatic resources of cinema are essentially spatial. Central chapters focus on Welles' Macbeth, Othello, and Chimes at Midnight; Olivier's Henry V, Hamlet, and Richard III; Brook's King Lear; and Kurosawa's Throne of Blood. Davies then discusses the dramatic problems the sources for these films pose for the film maker and he examines how these films influenced later theatrical stagings. The book concludes by exploring the demands that distinguish the work of a Shakespearean stage actor from his counterpart's in film
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references, filmography and index
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Subject Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Film adaptations.
English drama -- Film adaptations.
Film adaptations -- History and criticism.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Film adaptations.
Film adaptations.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0511553099 (ebook)
9780511553097 (ebook)