Shakespeare the Illusionist
Magic, Dreams, and the Supernatural on Film
Published by: Ohio University Press
232 pages, 152.00 x 229.00 mm
- ISBN: 9780821423363
- Published: February 2019
In Shakespeare the Illusionist, Neil Forsyth reviews the history of Shakespeare’s plays on film, assessing what filmmakers and TV directors have made of the spells, haunts, and apparitions— Puck and the fairies, ghosts and witches, or Prospero’s island—in his plays. A bold step forward in Shakespeare and film studies.
“This is a wonderful book: learned, bright, and winningly written. It tackles an interesting issue (the nature of illusion in an art form which is all illusion) in Shakespeare on film and does so by not only providing rich and satisfying readings of some major Shakespeare films (Olivier’s Hamlet and Welles’s Macbeth, for example) that I had thought had been well mined by previous critics, but does so by placing those films in the context of the larger film history.” ~Samuel Crowl, author of Shakespeare on Film: A Norton Guide and Shakespeare at the Cineplex