100 Shakespeare films

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British Film Institute, Jun 13, 2007 - Performing Arts - 298 pages
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Shakespeare's plays have inspired British Oscar-winners and spaghetti Westerns, Bollywood thrillers, and Soviet epics. Covering twenty plays, Daniel Rosenthal's selection of 100 Shakespeare films spans a century of cinema, from a silent Tempest (1907) to Kenneth Branagh's As You Like It (2006). Fifty of the films retain Shakespeare's language, among them Laurence Olivier's Henry V and Orson Welles's Othello. Alongside these are forty genre adaptations using modernized dialogue and re-imagined characters: Macbeth as a gangster in Joe Macbeth and Maqbool; Othello as a jazz pianist in All Night Long. Rosenthal also assesses twenty-five foreign-language titles. Presented alphabetically by Shakespeare play, each chapter begins with a synopsis, and the film essays explore cinematography, design, dialogue, music, and performance.

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The Boys from Syracuse A Edward Sutherland 1940
The Bad Sleep Well Akira Kurosawa 1960

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Daniel Rosenthal was born in London in 1971. He is a freelance author, editor, journalist and lecturer. Previous publications include Shakespeare on Screen (2000) and Student Editions of David Mamet's Oleanna (2004) and Patrick Marber's Closer (2007).

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