Friday, April 13
APPROACHES TO SHAKESPEARE
Presented by Prof. Laurie J. Wolf
Scholars from a variety of academic fields have attempted to define the enigmatic relationship between text and image. Although the language is strange to modern audiences. Shakespeare's themes and characters possess timeless quality that compels an audience to explore the complex, poetic language in order to enjoy the drama found within. In order to facilitate a modern audience's full participation in Shakespeare's drama. Shakespeare directors such as Franco Zeffirelli, Kenneth Branagh, Baz Luhrmann, and Michael Bogdonov have utilized various theatrical and/or cinematic techniques in their films to reduce the communication gap and heighten the entertainment value of the production. Through the use of these techniques, these directors have been able to make modern film audiences realize that the themes and characters to be discovered and explored within many of Shakespeare's plays are just as compelling today as they were when written hundreds of years ago.
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