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Filming Shakespeare's Plays : The Adaptations of Laurence Olivier, Orson Welles, Peter Brook and Akira Kurosawa - Anthony Davies

Filming Shakespeare's Plays

The Adaptations of Laurence Olivier, Orson Welles, Peter Brook and Akira Kurosawa

Paperback Published: 3rd September 1990
ISBN: 9780521399135
Number Of Pages: 236

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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.

'It would surely be unlikely for anyone to be well informed on both Shakespeare and the screen, yet here, and urgently welcome, is Anthony Davies ... Anyone who has attempted to analyse a film for writing purposes from memory or notes must pay tribute to the observation displayed in this book.' Times Higher Education Supplement 'Davies' intelligent and lucid study is based upon the films of Olivier, Welles, Brook and Kurosawa, and represents another valuable addition to the academic study of Shakespeare in performance, reflecting a greater degree of collaboration between the university and the theatre.' The Stage and Television Today

List of illustrationsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgementsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Theatrical and cinematic spacep. 5
Laurence Olivier's Henry Vp. 26
Laurence Olivier's Hamletp. 40
Laurence Olivier's Richard IIIp. 65
Orson Welles's Macbethp. 83
Orson Welles's Othellop. 100
Orson Welles's Chimes at Midnightp. 119
Peter Brook's King Lear and Akira Kurosawa's Throne of Bloodp. 143
The film actorp. 167
Conclusionp. 184
Notesp. 188
Select filmographyp. 199
Bibliographyp. 202
Indexp. 215
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ISBN: 9780521399135
ISBN-10: 0521399130
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 236
Published: 3rd September 1990
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 15.24  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.4