Chronotopic Images and Cinematic Dialogism with Shakespeare
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This chapter discusses how filmmakers react to visual aspects of Shakespeare’s theatrical discourse, especially verbal imagery, and to what Bakhtin identifies as his topographical gestures. Different film directors inflect these elements in localized and individual ways. An historical range of filmmakers from Orson Welles to Peter Greenaway to Michael Almereyda exemplify how cinematic co-authorings revise, ignore, fill in, and supplant Shakespeare’s verbal pictures through new chronotopic images and topographical gestures, so that auditory repetition of his historical lines coexists with visual and ideological difference.