Screening Shakespeare from Richard II to Henry V /
Ace G. Pilkington.
Newark : University of Delaware Press ; London ; Toronto : Associated University Presses, c1991.
211 p. ; 25 cm.
0874134129 (alk. paper)
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Newark : University of Delaware Press ; London ; Toronto : Associated University Presses, c1991.
0874134129 (alk. paper)
general note
Based on the author's thesis (Ph. D.)--Oxford University.
catalogue key
Filmography: p. 199-204.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 189-198) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1992-01:
With the BBC Shakespeare plays claiming canonical status in classrooms throughout the UK and the US, it is evident that these filmed productions have earned scholarly attention. And, given their availability on videocassette, which offers an opportunity for repeated viewings, the same kind of close textual analysis that has characterized literary studies is appropriate here as well. Pilkington spends his introduction and conclusion arguing for such analysis. Yet his treatment of Shakespeare's second tetralogy Richard II, Henry IVParts 1 and 2, and Henry V in the BBC productions and in Laurence Olivier's Henry V and Orson Welles's Chimes at Midnight, though astute and detailed, focuses on production process, on ways in which the demands of the studio and the camera shape presentation. Pilkington's book complements Susan Willis's The BBC Shakespeare Plays: Making the Televised Canon (CH, Oct'91); a host of reviews and essays on Shakespeare on video, many collected by J.C. Bulman and H.R. Coursen in Shakespeare on Television (CH, Jan'89); and K.S. Rothwell and A. H. Melzer's encyclopedic Shakespeare on Screen (CH, Jul'91). Given the revolution in teaching that the videocassette has prompted, the book is bound to find frequent use.-J. Schlueter, Lafayette College
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This book applies the videocassette to the study of Shakespeare on television and film. The result is that the films become texts, and Shakespeare in performance can be examined with the scholarly care that has been reserved for printed books.

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