Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Shakespeare into Film

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION This study-unit seeks to provide a comparative inquiry into the problems of interpreting specific Shakespearean plays on film and television.

Two major issues will be considered in this study-unit: whether interpolated actions and locations can be rendered thematically expressive, and whether verbal imagery can be recreated filmically through aural/visual correlatives. The following topics will be analysed in detail:

* Olivier, Kozintsev, Branagh, Zeffirelli: Visual Strategies in Hamlet Adaptation.
* ‘To see and hear it feelingly’: Image and Music in Zeffirelli’s and Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet.
* Three Bleak Macbeths: Kurosawa, Polanski, Welles.
* Brook, Kozintsev, Kurosawa and King Lear: Kott or Shakespeare?
* Henry V on Film: Branagh and Olivier.
* Stormy Weather: Jarman, Greenaway and The Tempest.

Reading List:

Anderegg, Michael, Orson Welles, Shakespeare and Popular Culture (New York: Columbia University Press, 1999)
Boose, Lynda E. & Richard Burt (eds.), Shakespeare, the Movie: Popularizing the Plays on Film, TV and Video (London: Routledge, 1997)
Cartmell, Deborah, Interpreting Shakespeare on Screen (London: Macmillan, 2000)
Collick, John, Shakespeare, Cinema and Society (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1989)
Davies, Anthony, Filming Shakespeare’s Plays: The Adaptations of Laurence Olivier, Orson Welles, Peter Brook and Akira Kurosawa (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1988)
Davies, Anthony & Stanley Wells (eds.). Shakespeare and the Moving Image:The Plays on Film and Television (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994)
Donaldson, Peter S, Shakespearean Films/Shakespearean Directors (London: Unwin Hyman, 1990)
Eckert, Charles W. (ed.),. Focus on Shakespearean Films (Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, 1972)
Geduld, Harry M., Filmguide to Henry V (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1973)
Grant, Cathy. ed., Focus on Shakespearean Films (Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, 1972)
Jackson, Russell, ed., The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare on Film (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000)
Jorgens, Jack J., Shakespeare on Film (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1976)
Kliman, Bernice W., Macbeth: Shakespeare in Performance (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1993)
Kliman, Bernice W., Hamlet: Film, Television, and Audio Performance (Rutherford: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1988)
Leggatt, Alexander, King Lear: Shakespeare in Performance (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1991)
Levenson, Jill L., Romeo & Juliet: Shakespeare in Performance (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1987)
Literature/Film Quarterly. Special Issues - Shakespeare on Film: Vol. 1, No. 4 (1973), Vol. 4, No. 2 (1976), Vol. 5, No. 4 (1977), Vol. 11, No. 3 (1983), Vol. 14, No. 4 (1986), Vol. 20, No. 4 (1992), Vol. 22, No. 2 (1994), Vol. 25, No. 2 (1997), Vol. 29, No. 2 (2001).
Manvell, Roger, Shakespeare and the Film (London: Dent, 1971)
McDougal, Stuart Y., Made into Movies: From Literature to Film (New York: Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1985)
Rothwell, Kenneth S. & A Henkin Melzer, Shakespeare on Screen: An International Filmography and Videography (New York: Neal-Schuman, 1990)
Shaughnessy, Robert, ed., Shakespeare on Film (London: Macmillan, 1998)
Skovmand, Michael, ed., Screen Shakespeare (Aarhus: Aarhus University Press, 1994)


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Take Home Examination (3 Hours) SEM1 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Saviour Catania
Kenneth Scicluna

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