A Companion to the Shakespearean Films of Kenneth Branagh

A Companion to the Shakespearean Films of Kenneth Branagh
Author: Sarah Hatchuel
Publsiher: Blizzard Pub Limited
Total Pages: 197
Release: 2000
Genre: Drama
ISBN: 0921368895

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No one does William Shakespeare on film better than the multi-talented, world-famous actor and director Kenneth Branagh. Unforgettable are his portrayals of the Bards most enduring and complex characters; unbelievable is the impact his films have had on our contemporary understanding of the Shakespearean canon. This summer his newest Shakespearean adaptation, Love's Labour's Lost, opens across North America.

The Films of Kenneth Branagh

The Films of Kenneth Branagh
Author: Samuel Crowl
Publsiher: Greenwood Publishing Group
Total Pages: 204
Release: 2006
Genre: Performing Arts
ISBN: 0275980898

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Considers Kenneth Branagh's feature films in the context of his career and his times.

Beginning

Beginning
Author: Kenneth Branagh
Publsiher: Saint Martin's Griffin
Total Pages: 244
Release: 1989
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 0312058225

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As both star and director of the acclaimed film Henry V, young Branagh has had his career compared to that of Lawrence Olivier. Full of charm, humor, and insight into an actor's craft, Branagh's intriguing autobiography tells of his childhood in Belfast, his training at the Royal Academy of Drama, and his work with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Metanarrative Functions of Film Genre in Kenneth Branagh s Shakespeare Films

Metanarrative Functions of Film Genre in Kenneth Branagh s Shakespeare Films
Author: Jessica M. Maerz
Publsiher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Total Pages: 150
Release: 2017-05-11
Genre: Performing Arts
ISBN: 9781443893381

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Kenneth Branagh is the most important contemporary figure in the production of filmed Shakespeare. His five feature-length Shakespeare films, Henry V (1989), Much Ado About Nothing (1993), Hamlet (1996), Love’s Labour’s Lost (2000) and As You Like It (2007) both created and represented the explosion of filmed Shakespeare adaptations that began in the 1990s. This book demonstrates Branagh’s appeal to classical film genres in order to meta-narrate for a popular audience the unfamiliar terrain of the Shakespearean original; it examines the debts Branagh owes, stylistically and structurally, to classically-defined generic modes. The generic appeal in Branagh’s films is one that grows progressively, becoming incrementally more critical to his Shakespearean adaptations as Branagh’s career progresses. Thus, his debut film, Henry V, is the least classically generic of all his films, relying primarily on intertextual and generic references to more contemporary styles, like the action genre and the Vietnam War film. Much Ado About Nothing represents a transitional moment in Branagh’s generic development; while the film closely accords to the norms of the screwball comedy, this generic correspondence derives primarily from the Shakespearean text. With Hamlet, Branagh begins to experiment with genre as a conceptual conceit: although the film owes much to classical domestic melodrama, particularly in Hamlet’s relationships with Gertrude and Ophelia, Branagh frames his domestic story with devices drawn from the classical Hollywood historical epic. Branagh’s spectacular failure Love’s Labour’s Lost demonstrates a unique subordination of the logic and authority of the Shakespearean source text to the demands of the classical musical form. Finally, Branagh’s most recent film, As You Like It, reveals a new approach towards working with filmed Shakespeare, while simultaneously “re-working” the generic structures and practices that characterize his earlier, more successful films.

Metanarrative Functions of Film Genre in Kenneth Branagh s Shakespeare Films

Metanarrative Functions of Film Genre in Kenneth Branagh s Shakespeare Films
Author: Jessica M. Maerz
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 144
Release: 2017
Genre: Film genres
ISBN: 144381265X

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"Kenneth Branagh is the most important contemporary figure in the production of filmed Shakespeare. His five feature-length Shakespeare films, Henry V (1989), Much Ado About Nothing (1993), Hamlet (1996), Love's Labour's Lost (2000) and As You Like It (2007) both created and represented the explosion of filmed Shakespeare adaptations that began in the 1990s. This book demonstrates Branagh's appeal to classical film genres in order to meta-narrate for a popular audience the unfamiliar terrain of the Shakespearean original; it examines the debts Branagh owes, stylistically and structurally, to classically-defined generic modes. The generic appeal in Branagh's films is one that grows progressively, becoming incrementally more critical to his Shakespearean adaptations as Branagh's career progresses. Thus, his debut film, Henry V, is the least classically generic of all his films, relying primarily on intertextual and generic references to more contemporary styles, like the action genre and the Vietnam War film. Much Ado About Nothing represents a transitional moment in Branagh's generic development; while the film closely accords to the norms of the screwball comedy, this generic correspondence derives primarily from the Shakespearean text. With Hamlet, Branagh begins to experiment with genre as a conceptual conceit: although the film owes much to classical domestic melodrama, particularly in Hamlet's relationships with Gertrude and Ophelia, Branagh frames his domestic story with devices drawn from the classical Hollywood historical epic. Branagh's spectacular failure Love's Labour's Lost demonstrates a unique subordination of the logic and authority of the Shakespearean source text to the demands of the classical musical form. Finally, Branagh's most recent film, As You Like It, reveals a new approach towards working with filmed Shakespeare, while simultaneously "re-working" the generic structures and practices that characterize his earlier, more successful films."

Cinematic Hamlet

Cinematic Hamlet
Author: Patrick J. Cook
Publsiher: Ohio University Press
Total Pages: 257
Release: 2011-03-29
Genre: Art
ISBN: 9780821419441

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Hamlet has inspired four outstanding film adaptations that continue to delight a wide and varied audience and to offer provocative new interpretations of Shakespeare’s most popular play. Cinematic Hamlet contains the first scene-by-scene analysis of the methods used by Laurence Olivier, Franco Zeffirelli, Kenneth Branagh, and Michael Almereyda to translate Hamlet into highly distinctive and remarkably effective films. Applying recent developments in neuroscience and psychology, Patrick J. Cook argues that film is a medium deploying an abundance of devices whose task it is to direct attention away from the film’s viewing processes and toward the object represented. Through careful analysis of each film’s devices, he explores the ways in which four brilliant directors rework the play into a radically different medium, engaging the viewer through powerful instinctive drives and creating audiovisual vehicles that support and complement Shakespeare’s words and story. Cinematic Hamlet will prove to be indispensable for anyone wishing to understand how these films rework Shakespeare into the powerful medium of film.

Italian Shoes

Italian Shoes
Author: Henning Mankell
Publsiher: New Press/ORIM
Total Pages: 247
Release: 2005-12-01
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9781595585080

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The bestselling author of the Kurt Wallander series delivers a “short, beautiful, and ultimately life-affirming novel” about the path to self-acceptance (Booklist). From the prize-winning “master of atmosphere” comes the surprising and affecting story of a man well past middle age who suddenly finds himself on the threshold of renewal (The Boston Globe). Living on a tiny island that is surrounded by ice during the long winter months, Fredrik Welin is so lost to the world that he cuts a hole in the ice every morning and lowers himself into the freezing water to remind himself that he is alive. Haunted by memories of the terrible mistake that drove him to this island and away from a successful career as a surgeon, he lives in a stasis so complete that an anthill grows undisturbed in his living room. When an unexpected visitor disrupts this frigid existence, Frederik begins an eccentric, elegiac journey—one that displays the full height of Henning Mankell’s storytelling powers. A deeply human tale of loss and redemption, Italian Shoes is “a voyage into the soul of a man” expertly crafted with “snares that Mankell has hidden with a hunter’s skill inside this spectral landscape” (The Guardian). “Beautiful.” —The Boston Globe “A fine meditation on love and loss.” —The Sunday Telegraph “Intense and precisely detailed. . . . A hopeful account of a man released from self-imposed withdrawal.” —The Independent “The creator of police detective Kurt Wallander presents a tale of mortal reckoning in which all the deaths are natural but none the less powerful.” —Kirkus Reviews

Shakespeare at the Cineplex

Shakespeare at the Cineplex
Author: Samuel Crowl
Publsiher: Ohio University Press
Total Pages: 254
Release: 2003
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 9780821414941

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Rated ‘Outstanding’ in the 2004 edition of University Press Books Selected for Public and Secondary School Libraries Samuel Crowl's Shakespeare at the Cineplex: The Kenneth Branagh Era is the first thorough exploration of the fifteen major Shakespeare films released since the surprising success of Kenneth Branagh's Henry V (1989). Crowl presents the rich variety of these films in the “long decade: between the fall of the Berlin Wall and the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.” The productions range from Hollywood-saturated films such as Franco Zeffirelli's Hamlet and Michael Hoffman's A Midsummer Night's Dream to more modest, experimental offerings, such as Christine Edzard's As You Like It. Now available in paperback, Shakespeare at the Cineplex will be welcome reading for fans, students, and scholars of Shakespeare in performance.

A Gentleman in Moscow

A Gentleman in Moscow
Author: Amor Towles
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 512
Release: 2016-09-06
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9780399564048

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The mega-bestseller with more than 2 million readers, soon to be a major television series From the #1 New York Times-bestselling author of The Lincoln Highway and Rules of Civility, a beautifully transporting novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him entry into a much larger world of emotional discovery. Brimming with humor, a glittering cast of characters, and one beautifully rendered scene after another, this singular novel casts a spell as it relates the count’s endeavor to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose.

Kenneth Branagh

Kenneth Branagh
Author: Mark J. White
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 323
Release: 2006
Genre: Actors
ISBN: 057122069X

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Based on extensive research in previously untapped archival materials and on numerous interviews, White traces the vicissitudes of Kenneth Branagh's career, examining his meteoric rise and the backlash that accompanied it.

Authorizing Shakespeare on Film and Television

Authorizing Shakespeare on Film and Television
Author: L. Monique Pittman
Publsiher: Peter Lang
Total Pages: 257
Release: 2011
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 1433106647

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Authorizing Shakespeare on Film and Television examines recent film and television transformations of William Shakespeare's drama by focusing on the ways in which modern directors acknowledge and respond to the perceived authority of Shakespeare as author, text, cultural icon, theatrical tradition, and academic institution. This study explores two central questions. First, what efforts do directors make to justify their adaptations and assert an interpretive authority of their own? Second, how do those self-authorizing gestures impact upon the construction of gender, class, and ethnic identity within the filmed adaptations of Shakespeare's plays? The chosen films and television series considered take a wide range of approaches to the adaptative process - some faithfully preserve the words of Shakespeare; others jettison the Early Modern language in favor of contemporary idiom; some recreate the geographic and historical specificity of the original plays, and others transplant the plot to fresh settings. The wealth of extra-textual material now available with film and television distribution and the numerous website tie-ins and interviews offer the critic a mine of material for accessing the ways in which directors perceive the looming Shakespearean shadow and justify their projects. Authorizing Shakespeare on Film and Television places these directorial claims alongside the film and television plotting and aesthetic to investigate how such authorizing gestures shape the presentation of gender, class, and ethnicity.

Look Back in Anger

Look Back in Anger
Author: John Osborne
Publsiher: Faber & Faber
Total Pages: 96
Release: 2013-03-21
Genre: Performing Arts
ISBN: 9780571300877

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In 1956 John Osborne's Look Back in Anger changed the course of English theatre. 'Look Back in Anger presents post-war youth as it really is. To have done this at all would be a significant achievement; to have done it in a first play is a minor miracle. All the qualities are there, qualities one had despaired of ever seeing on stage - the drift towards anarchy, the instinctive leftishness, the automatic rejection of "official" attitudes, the surrealist sense of humour . . . the casual promiscuity, the sense of lacking a crusade worth fighting for and, underlying all these, the determination that no one who dies shall go unmourned.' Kenneth Tynan, Observer, 13 May 1956 'Look Back in Anger . . . has its inarguable importance as the beginning of a revolution in the British theatre, and as the central and most immediately influential expression of the mood of its time, the mood of the "angry young man".' John Russell Taylor

Art of the Cut

Art of the Cut
Author: Steve Hullfish
Publsiher: Taylor & Francis
Total Pages: 282
Release: 2017-02-24
Genre: Art
ISBN: 9781315297118

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Art of the Cut provides an unprecedented look at the art and technique of contemporary film and television editing. It is a fascinating "virtual roundtable discussion" with more than 50 of the top editors from around the globe. Included in the discussion are the winners of more than a dozen Oscars for Best Editing and the nominees of more than forty, plus numerous Emmy winners and nominees. Together they have over a thousand years of editing experience and have edited more than a thousand movies and TV shows. Hullfish carefully curated over a hundred hours of interviews, organizing them into topics critical to editors everywhere, generating an extended conversation among colleagues. The discussions provide a broad spectrum of opinions that illustrate both similarities and differences in techniques and artistic approaches. Topics include rhythm, pacing, structure, storytelling and collaboration. Interviewees include Margaret Sixel (Mad Max: Fury Road), Tom Cross (Whiplash, La La Land), Pietro Scalia (The Martian, JFK), Stephen Mirrione (The Revenant), Ann Coates (Lawrence of Arabia, Murder on the Orient Express), Joe Walker (12 Years a Slave, Sicario), Kelley Dixon (Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead), and many more. Art of the Cut also includes in-line definitions of editing terminology, with a full glossary and five supplemental web chapters hosted online at www.routledge.com/cw/Hullfish. This book is a treasure trove of valuable tradecraft for aspiring editors and a prized resource for high-level working professionals. The book’s accessible language and great behind-the-scenes insight makes it a fascinating glimpse into the art of filmmaking for all fans of cinema.

The Shakespeare Films of Kenneth Branagh

The Shakespeare Films of Kenneth Branagh
Author: Zöldi Gergely
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 97
Release: 1998
Genre: Electronic Book
ISBN: OCLC:1081925025

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Another Country

Another Country
Author: Julian Mitchell
Publsiher: Samuel French, Inc.
Total Pages: 113
Release: 1982
Genre: Communism
ISBN: 0573640408

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Another Country is set in an English public school in the early 1930's where future leaders are being prepared for their roles in the ruling class. Two of the central characters are outsiders: Guy Bennett is coming to terms with homosexuality and Tommy Judd is a committed Marxist. Judd wants to abolish the whole system of British life; Bennett wants a successful career within it. The school and the system have traditional ways of dealing with rebels.