Criticism and the Films of Shakespeare's Plays


In lieu of an abstract, the first paragraph of the essay follows:

Among the other technical and artistic developments of the twentieth century, the motion picture camera, with its inherent capabilities for sound and color, was an inevitable step; equally unavoidable was the filming of the plays of Shakespeare. The greatest literary works in English, they have dominated -the stages of the western world for the past 300 plus years. The union of film and Shakespeare was as natural and ordained a combination as bread and butter or life and breath. No other oeuvre has so consistently lent itself to experimentation and to translation, in every sense of those terms. Finally, and of necessity, in the wake of the films there came the criticism, both academic and journalistic.

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