This engaging and stimulating book argues that Shakespeare's plays
significantly influenced movie genres in the twentieth century,
particularly in films concerning love in the classic Hollywood
period. Shakespeare's 'green world' has a close functional
equivalent in 'tinseltown' and on 'the silver screen', as well as
in hybrid genres in Bollywood cinema. Meanwhile, Romeo and Juliet
continues to be an enduring source for romantic tragedy on screen.
The nature of generic indebtedness has not gained recognition
because it is elusive and not always easy to recognise. The book
traces generic links between Shakespeare's comedies of love and
screen genres such as romantic comedy, 'screwball' comedy and
musicals, as well as clarifying the use of common conventions
defining the genres, such as mistaken identity, 'errors', disguise
and 'shrew-taming'. Speculative, challenging and entertaining, the
book will appeal to those interested in Shakespeare, movies and the
representation of love in narratives.
Manchester University Press Melland Schill Studies
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