This module explores the adaptation of Shakespeare's plays for the cinema, providing a historical and comparative study of film versions of several plays. Students are required to watch a number of films and the plays upon which they are based. Copies of the films will be available in the Department. Syllabus/content: after two introductory sessions on general issues, a series of 'landmark' films are studied with reference to a variety of specific technical issues, such as the shaping of narrative, filmic and theatrical genre, acting and directing, cinematography. The option also considers thematic issues, including violence, representations of issues relating to gender and sexuality.