LIT 380: Shakespeare in Film

Archive for February, 2012

[SPOILERS] Humor in Midsummer Night’s Dream

Shakespeare’s plays are written in such a way that many things are left open for the director to interpret. This leaves many windows of opportunities for directors to enhance the audience’s experience. The actors of a Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre performed many subtle, non-story altering actions that not only added to [...]

Almost.. I said “Almost”.. Unwatchable…

If we are to adhere to the French New Wave concept of cinema, one that is used to shock and awe the audience’s senses, stripping the film of continuity, and making no attempt to suspend disbelief, as well as a strict limited budget.  Why would Hall attempt to do this with A Midsummer Night’s Dream, [...]

A Midsummer Night’s tripod

One of the first things I notice when I watch a movie is when filmmakers decide against using a tripod. It’s something that’s particularly popular in recent years that in many cases is an attempt to make a film appear “gritty” and become more immersive. In most cases, it just becomes an eyesore. In any [...]

Romeo and Juliet

As I brought up in class, one of the scenes that stood out in my mind was when Romeo’s first appearance.  Zeffirelli’s depiction of Romeo is very dreamy.  In this scene very youthful, whimsical music is playing while Romeo walks up.  In addition to the music, there appears to be a warm glow surrounding Romeo [...]

Addressing the audience

In the 1968 version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Peter Hall, the fourth wall is “broken” many times throughout the film. In the scene after Lysander and Hermia tell Helena of their plans, Helena breaks it by addressing her speech to the audience. Ths is inferred because the shots are close ups of [...]

Color Association for CST’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

SPOILER ALERT–DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVEN’T YET SEEN THE PLAY: I thought that the most interesting aspect of the play was the director’s use of color. In a play or movie, the visuals play as big of a role as the Shakespearian text. In the Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s version of the play, the director [...]


A movie about Shakespeare and a Theory of the image of Shakespeare. The plot of how a Anonymous play write would lead to the creation of Shakespeare’s greatest play’s. With the face of a different man who would attain the credit while the play write remained Anonymous. Quotes directly from Shakespearean plays are presented in [...]

Zeffirelli’s Shakespeare without words

Zeffirelli’s ability as a director comes out full force in the party scene.  However I think the dynamic that occurs between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton are paramount in this set of scenes.  When the party starts and Katharina (Elizabeth Taylor),  and Petruchio (Richard Burton) are at the table.   There is almost an entire [...]

Taming of the Shrew, Kate’s Character

At first, after watching Zeffirelli version of the Taming of the Shrew, I was reluctant to believe in Kate’s sudden change in character.  She was a strong, aggressive female who always got the last say. In a very short time span (a week?), her personality changes to completely passive toward Pertruccio. She also seems sincerely [...]

The 90′s

One of the biggest constants that mankind carries throughout the years is the continuous change of trends and interests. Each decade practically carries it’s own ways and style. The 1990′s, as any other time period, has it’s specific characteristics. This writing will compare Baz Luhrman’s William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet (1996), and Gil Junger’s 10 Thing [...]