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When dealing with text of Jacobean writers such asShakespeare one has a great deal of freedom in interpretingit His words are full of not only meaning but entendresalliterations and metaphors that allows a great deal ofartistic freedom when actualizing it into performance Perhaps that is why his plays have been a longtime favoritestandard performance material and more recently the past100 years have become very popular to produce and presentWhat allows for Shakespeare to be presented so easilyon film despite the fact they were written hundreds ofyears ago when the very idea of film was nonexistent is theutter portability of his works By portability I mean thereis so much in his plays that can be transposed and realizedso beautifully in the movies The works give a lot ofvisual freedom to the director as Shakespeare writes fewstage directions The concept of visual also plays a hugepart in any film as Peter Holland recognizes in his articleTwo dimensional Shakespeare King Lear on Film when hestates that Film is primarily a visual medium a form inwhich language accompanies sight but cannot dominate itDavies and Wells pg59 Therefore film provides alandscape for the enactment of Shakespeare dramas and allowthem to be realizes in greater proportions than theHowever presenting Shakespeare on film which is amedium other than which his works are originally intendedseems to warrant more debate and criticism than ordinarytheatrical presentations Additionally because of thelarge amount of film versions of each play it becomesquickly necessary for a means of categorizing the films ofShakespeare as an agency to compare contrast critique andmost importantly understand not only the work itself butthe value of the work artistically textually and in itsmaterialization as a work as a whole To solve thesedilemma In 1977 Jack Jorgens offered three categoriesinto which Shakespeare films can be usefully dividedcategories which mark different and increasing distancesfrom the forms of theater He suggested three modestheatrical realist cinematic Davies and Wells pg50These three modes are very useful at looking at
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