LIT 380: Shakespeare in Film

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Blog writing is over for the semester

Thanks to everyone who participated in writing on the blog this semester, but writing closed as of the last day of class. Please focus on finishing your final exam. I won’t accept any further blog entries after this this post.

Blog questions 4/5-4/12

Here are some questions to think about writing on this week: Think about the opening and closing sequences in Olivier’s Henry V. What do they bring to the field of Shakespeare in film? How do you think the opening sequence relates to Branagh’s Henry V. Look for some other connections between the two films. Both [...]

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

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 [...]

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 [...]

Updates from this week

In class on Thursday, we played a game to try and generate as many film terms as possible. I’ll email you the link to the Google doc. Before you come to class on Tuesday, try to write concise definitions for three of the terms in the document (those of you who missed class already this [...]

Schedule Updated

I’ve updated the course schedule to reflect the changes we discussed last night in class. If you were absent, we decided to swap The Taming of the Shrew with A Midsummer Night’s Dream in order to give everyone more time to see the play at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater before we discuss it. The results [...]

Blog questions week 3 / office hours

Hi all, As requested, here are some blog questions for this week that you can write about in our course blog. Think about a specific scene and/or shot that you thought stood out in Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliet as you were writing up your notes. Include your notes and then describe how you think the [...]

Film Terminology Resources

Here are some resources that might help you with the specific vocabulary associated with writing about film. Feel free to comment below if you find other helpful resources. Film Terminology and Other Resources A large glossary of terms. IMDB Movie Terminology Glossary An even larger glossary, but difficult to navigate and search. Film Techniques and [...]

Results of poll on Tuesday

I looked at your responses for each question and here’s what I’ve come up with: Should we have a screening of a film on Friday before a film is due? Overwhelmingly, the answer was yes. In terms of time, most people requested a screening after 6:00 p.m. (which in my experience is when architecture studio [...]