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4 McKellen as Richard makes several direct addresses to camera, breaking the “fourth wall” convention of ﬁlm performances (itself derived from nineteenth-century theater). The music which punctuates his victories (composed by Trevor Jones), and the consistently distancing camerawork – the apparent objectivity of which could be “read” as Richard’s own detached viewpoint – reinforce Richard’s “directorial” control disconcertingly, prompting us to seek another perspective beyond the limits of the frame (see HODGDON, LANIER).
References and Further Reading Agee, James (1945). ), Film Theory and Criticism, 1st edn. London: Oxford University Press, 1974: 333–6. Altman, Rick (1999). Film/Genre. London: BFI Publishing. Anderson, Jeffrey M. (2000). shtml. Barthes, Roland (1977). Image/Music/Text, ed. and trans. Stephen Heath. London: Fontana. Belsey, Catherine (1980). Critical Practice. London and New York: Methuen. —— (1983). 3: 152–8. Bennett, Susan (1996). Performing Nostalgia: Shifting Shakespeare and the Contemporary Past.
Their explicit intertextuality “sits well with the postmodern interrogation of the supposed integrity and coherence of all textual announcements” (Burnett and Wray 2000: 5). The ﬁlms also implicitly decentralize Shakespeare the author “as the unique and isolated source of meaning” as well as the notion of the printed book as a ﬁxed entity (Murphy 2000: 19). Of course no ﬁlm, no “text” exists in a cultural vacuum and so will be, intentionally or not, a “woven fabric” of quotations (Barthes 1977: 159): within every ﬁlm there will be references or moments reminiscent of other ﬁlms.