Instructor: Jeff Nelson
This class is a study of Shakespeare’s drama Macbeth via some of its film versions and adaptations. How do actors and directors envision Shakespeare in the 20th and 21st centuries? What do they find relevant? How do they communicate what they find valuable? How do they translate a 400-year-old play into a contemporary idiom?
We will view and discuss a handful of traditional interpretations, modernized versions, and recent “updates.” Films may include the recent Royal Shakespeare Company production at the New Globe Theatre, Indian or Japanese appropriations, and recent imaginings set in modern London or Pennsylvania.