All of the essays in this book treat Shakespeare films as the work of individual filmmakers tracing, in visual image and style, the interplay between psychologically resonant source texts and the recurring themes and concerns of directors' artistic and personal lives. At the same time, each chapter tries to specify key aspects of the work of cultural and artistic mediation through which each filmmaker engages the text and makes the transition from the conventions of the Elizabethan theater to those of the contemporary cinema.