Coming to terms with a film such as Kurosawa's Throne of Blood (1957) is crucial to the whole question of Shakespeare on film. It not only involves the study of a particular text and film and how the film director has handled Shakespeare's plot, character, and meaning, but it also focuses on larger cinematic issues concerning acting, visual image, and metaphor on film, and the manner in which complex ideas can be expressed visually. Peter Brook has observed that Throne of Blood is "perhaps the only true masterpiece inspired by Shakespeare, but it cannot properly be considered Shakespeare because it doesn't use the text." Michael Mullin has put it succinctly by suggesting that Kurosawa's film "is a thing in itself."



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