The Screen Adaptations Series provides in-depth analysis of how classic literature has been adapted for the screen, showing how alternative readings offer up new Interpretations of the original text. Each book, authored by a leading scholar in adaptations studies, collects together a vast array of study material, critical insight and thought-provoking comparisons. From the literary context of the Original work, to the critical `afterlife' of the screen versions, this is a vital study aid for film and literature students.
Shakespeare's work has been adapted for the screen since the early days of cinema but no single play has proved to be as popular as Romeo and Juliet. Focusing in the maln on west Side story, Franco Zeffireill's 1968 `flower child' version, and Baz Luhrmann's lconic film, this book offers unique insight into the adaptation process by tracing the ways in which the play's complex textual origins have led filmmakers to approach it from often unexpected angles, ranging from parodies to tragedies of genocidal proportions, as Snakespeare in Love and Deepa Mehta's controversial 2005 film Water, respectively demonstrate, Providing a comprehensive analysis of the production and reception of screen adaptations of Romeo and Juliet across time, place, culture, and medium, this book is an indispensable companion for students, film historians, and curious admirers of the world's greatest love story.
[The Screen Adaptations series] offers some meaty ideas to film studies students. -- Susan Elkin * The Stage *