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Screens in Shakespeare: Hollywood comes to Ephesus. Trevor Nunn’s The Comedy of Errors (RSC, 1976)

Abstract : In his widely acclaimed production of The Comedy of Errors (RSC 1976) as a postmodern extravaganza, Trevor Nunn summoned a vast array of references to Hollywood genres – film noir, musical, slapstick reels, screwball comedy, and westerns – spanning the entire history of American cinema from the silent movies to recent blockbusters. The Hollywood reference serves an immediate generic purpose, transposing the grammar of farce and romance into an idiom that is likely to engage, and make sense for, twentieth-century audiences, while making a statement about late-twentieth century aesthetics: intertextuality, pastiche, the synthesis of high and low culture, and the integration of art into commodity production, paving the way for Nunn’s mega-musicals, Nicholas Nickleby, Cats, and Les Misérables.
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Anny Crunelle Vanrigh. Screens in Shakespeare: Hollywood comes to Ephesus. Trevor Nunn’s The Comedy of Errors (RSC, 1976). Shakespeare en devenir, Université de Poitiers, 2020, Shakespeare, films et textes : théorie française et réception critique / Shakespeare, Screen and Texts: French Theory and Critical Reception, 15. ⟨hal-03154941⟩



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