Viel Larm Um Nichts (1964) -- film adaptation of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing

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Ronan Paterson (University of Teesside)
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Adapted and directed by Martin Hellberg, with Christel Bodenstein, Rolf Ludwig, Ursula Korbs, Arno Wysniewski, Gerhard Bienert. German, colour, 97 minutes.

This is the second Shakespearean comedy filmed by DEFA, the first being Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor (1950). It is filmed almost entirely in the studio, but Sicilian locations are suggested by the intercutting of some establishing scenic shots, obviously filmed at a different time and place, which are of an entirely different quality. The studio sets are nonetheless of good quality and evoke the heat and sunlight of the Mediterranean, conveying a bright summery atmosphere throughout the film. In case the audience are in any doubt as to where the film is set, the mention of Messina is accompanied by an ominous rumble from a distant

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Citation: Paterson, Ronan. "Viel Larm Um Nichts (1964) -- film adaptation of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 22 January 2018 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=19424, accessed 18 July 2024.]

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