Shakespeare at the Cineplex
The Kenneth Branagh Era

By Samuel Crowl

Rated ‘Outstanding’ in the 2004 edition of University Press Books Selected for Public and Secondary School Libraries

“Generous-spirited and eloquent.”

John Andrews, The Guild Shakespeare

“An important critical link from the literary Shakespeare to the actor’s Shakespeare.”

The Reader’s Review

“This now well-established field of performance criticism will be enhanced by Crowl’s commendable narrative.”


Samuel Crowl's Shakespeare at the Cineplex: The Kenneth Branagh Era is the first thorough exploration of the fifteen major Shakespeare films released since the surprising success of Kenneth Branagh's Henry V (1989). Crowl presents the rich variety of these films in the “long decade: between the fall of the Berlin Wall and the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.” The productions range from Hollywood-saturated films such as Franco Zeffirelli's Hamlet and Michael Hoffman's A Midsummer Night's Dream to more modest, experimental offerings, such as Christine Edzard's As You Like It. Now available in paperback, Shakespeare at the Cineplex will be welcome reading for fans, students, and scholars of Shakespeare in performance.

Trustee Professor of English at Ohio University, Samuel Crowl is the author of Shakespeare Observed: Studies in Performance on Stage and Screen as well as numerous essays, articles, reviews, and interviews on aspects of Shakespeare in performance. He has lectured widely on Shakespeare at universities and conferences.



Retail price: $26.95, S.
Release date: Sep. 2003
296 pages · 6 × 9 in.
Rights: World