Screen Adaptations: Shakespeare's Hamlet: The Relationship Between Text and Film

Author(s): Samuel Crowl

Literary theory

Hamlet is the most often produced play in the western literary canon, and a fertile global source for film adaptation. Samuel Crowl, a noted scholar of Shakespeare on film, unpacks the process of adapting from text to screen through concentrating on two sharply contrasting film versions of Hamlet by Laurence Olivier (1948) and Kenneth Branagh (1996). The films' socio-political contexts are explored, and the importance of their screenplay, film score, setting, cinematography and editing examined. Offering an analysis of two of the most important figures in the history of film adaptations of Shakespeare, this study seeks to understand a variety of cinematic approaches to translating Shakespeare's "words, words, words" into film's particular grammar and rhetoric


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A study of how Hamlet has been adapted for film and TV, with a focus on the classic film by Olivier and Branagh

Samuel Crowl is Trustee Professor of English at Ohio University, USA. He is the author of several books on Shakespeare in performance including Shakespeare Observed, Shakespeare at the Cineplex, The Films of Kenneth Branagh and Shakespeare and Film. He has lectured at colleges and universities in the United States, England, Europe, and Africa and has been five times honored for distinguished teaching.

Acknowledgements Preface 1 Literary contexts 2 Laurence Olivier's Hamlet: from text to screen 3 Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet: from text to screen 4 Critical response and the afterlife of text and film Bibliography Index

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  • : 9781408129555
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : Arden Shakespeare
  • : December 2013
  • : books

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  • : Samuel Crowl
  • : Paperback
  • : 176