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《Theatre Arts》 2014-05
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Shakespeare, History, and Hybridity in the Commercial Cinema:The Banquet as a Spin-off of Hamlet

Yang Lingui;Luo Yimin;Shakespeare Institute at Donghua University;International Shakespeare Association;Shakespeare Association of China;Centre for Shakespeare Studies at Southwest University;Chongqing Shakespeare Society;China Association of Shakespeare;  
Loosely based on Hamlet, Feng Xiaogang's Yeyan(The Banquet) seizes viewers' attention with a Shakespearean touch and its filmic glamour, typical of the postmodern commercial cinema. The film's tapping of Shakespeare's cultural capital at once facilitates a re-boost of his popularity in the popular media and helps filmmakers gain economic capital. This essay examines how The Banquet illuminates the process of postmodern cultural production and how the movie exploits history as well as Shakespeare for making profits in the commercial cinema. The movie's collation of diverse cultural signs showcases postmodern treatment to history and classic texts.
【Fund】: 国家社科基金项目“莎士比亚的媒体重构与传播研究”(11BWW041)阶段性成果
【CateGory Index】: J905
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