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Kenneth Branagh's

 

Much Ado About Nothing

 

 

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Branagh's 1993 film is the best way to introduce Shakespeare to students lively, fun and beautifully made.

 

Contents

 

Suggested Teaching Approach

3

Complex Makeup of a Movie

6

Questionnaire

7

Scene 1 Analysis

8

Scene by scene commentary

14

Plot

21

Understanding the Language

29

Setting the Scene

31

Characters and Actors

34

Themes Explored

43

Adapting the Play

47

Critical Thinking

54

Reviews

56

Research

58

Assessment Tasks

60

Branagh as Auteur

63

Scene Analysis: task-sheets

68

Cast

80

Unit Plan Year 13

81

Unit Plan Year 10

82

Glossary of Film Terms

83

Index

85

 

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