STRATEGIES, VARIANTS, RECOGNITIONS. REVIEW OF THE BOOK SHAKESPEARE AND CINEMA BY OLGA KATAFIASZ
This text is a review of Olga Katafiasz’s book entitled Shakespeare and the Cinema: Adaptation Strategies and Their Socio-Cultural Contexts (PWST, Krakow 2012). Katafiasz arbitrarily selected 28 films that she believes to be crucial in the context of innovative reading of Shakespeare in the cinema. She believes that any attempt at filming Shakespeare’s plays should be a dialogue with the current political band social situation. All of the chosen examples move in one direction. These movies show the dramas of Shakespeare as a way of interpreting the irrational evil — as a tool for reading and diagnosing historical moments under the sign of humanitarian crisis. The last two chapters of the book (Shakespeare and Political Correctness and Shakespeare as a Code) highlight the main intention of the author: Shakespeare’s words on the screen become a cultural code, showing global communications potential contained in his dramas.
Translated by Tobiasz Papuczys