LIT 380: Shakespeare in Film

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Performing Shakespeare: The magic of interpretation

One of the things that really struck me after seeing Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre and discussing the performance in class is the beauty¬† that lies within the flexibility of Shakespeare’s work. Certainly, Shakespeare’s plays are brilliant reading. They possess uniquely clever and nuanced dialog, compelling stories, and a degree of humanity [...]

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

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 [...]

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 [...]