Shakespearean Star: Laurence Olivier and National Cinema

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Laurence Olivier was one of the best-known and most pioneering actor-directors of Shakespeare on screen. This is the first study to provide a comprehensive analysis of Olivier's Shakespearean feature films and his unique Shakespearean star image. Through an examination of Olivier's unmade film Macbeth, as well as his adaptations of Shakespeare's Henry V, Hamlet and Richard III, Jennifer Barnes offers a detailed exploration of Olivier's entire cinematic Shakespearean oeuvre in relation to his distinctive form of stardom. Considering the development of Olivier's image in relation to the industrial and cultural contexts of the wartime and post-war British film and theatre industries, the volume also analyses Olivier's life writing and published autobiographies and is supplemented by numerous illustrations.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
PublisherCambridge University
Number of pages226
ISBN (Print)9781316848517
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2017


  • Film
  • Media
  • Mass Communication
  • Renaissance and Early Modern Literature
  • Literature

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