Shakespeare on screen
Keywords:adaptation, film, William Shakespeare, New Historicism, popular culture
As a way of analyzing cultural, theoretical, and performance trends this paper draws on the historic cinematic approaches to Shakespearean adaptation and the way in which they reflect the cultural milieu of contemporary Shakespeare performance. This overview ranges from the adaptations from the golden age of Hollywood to film entries in our contemporary pop culture. By constructing a new historicist approach to the Shakespearian adaptations on the silver screen the paper undertakes a contextual analysis of the historic adaptations in order to understand how contemporary directors and actors converse with Shakespeare as well as how they invite audiences to engage with modern retellings of his plays.