LIT 380: Shakespeare in Film

Archive for March, 2012

Visions/Hullucinations in Macbeth

Throughout the paly of Macbeth, visions and hullucinations recurred quite often. When Macbeth was going to kill Duncan he saw a vision, some would call it, or maybe an hullucination. He saw a dagger floating in the air, the dagger was covered with blood and was pointing to the king’s chamber. The dagger could have [...]

Throne of Blood: The power of setting

When an artist pays tribute to another artist’s work, the results are often a far cry from the original. Most casual consumers of art and media can imagine a cover song, movie, or comic that has “ruined” something they loved. Sometimes, however, a piece of work that pays tribute or homage becomes something else entirely. [...]

Lady Mac-boring [Throne of Blood, 1957]

I just first wanted to say that I understand that this is a Japanese film from 1957 and that it uses film techniques from that era. However, there were some aspects that I could just not get over to enjoy this movie. From the cheesy soundtrack to the rushed speech, it was very difficult to [...]

Pushover Macbeth

William Shakespeare’s Macbeth gives the reader the opportunity to understand the consequences of not acting for your own intentions or believes. Poor, “unlucky” Macbeth seems to be the victim of decisions made for him, instead of grabbing them and making them by his own means. When the witches foresee his destiny, involving him as a [...]

Some reviews

I know some of you were hoping to read some reviews of A Midsummer Night’s Dream to get a sense of what review writing looks like. Here are a few reviews (of varying quality) to take a look at before you write: Chicago Tribune Chicago Theater Beat New City Stage Time Out Chicago Chicago Reader

Some questions to consider for the blog

Hi all, Here are some questions to think about in terms of the upcoming films we are watching. How do you think Polanski’s (1971) more traditional interpretation compares to Kurosawa’s (1957) re-imagining of Macbeth. What works especially well in Kurosawa’s edition? What elements do you see that are similar to the source material? We read [...]

On the value of DVD’s over streaming

I thought this might be interesting to think about since we have had similar discussions in class. Here is a piece from Tasha Robinson just put out on the A.V. Club that may be interesting to you if you have been thinking about this topic.

10 Things I Hate About You

There was much discussion in class as to whether Junger’s 10 Things I Hate About You is a retelling of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew or a completely new movie with a similar plot. There are many differences between Shakespeare’s version and Junger’s version, such as a completely different script, a different setting, a different [...]

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Hall vs Hoffmann

In the first movie “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by Hall, because the movie had limited budget and resources, there were many things that modern day movie goers would not like. For instance,the lack of a tripod might not be favored in today’s society like it was back in the day. The backgrounds used in the [...]