Cardullo, Bert Books

Dr. Bert Cardullo has his Doctor of Fine Arts degree from Yale University. An editor and translator as well as a critic and dramaturg, Professor Cardullo has published over twenty books, among them Theater of the Avant-Garde, 1890-1950: A Critical Anthology and Screening the Stage: Studies in Cinedramatic Art. His articles have appeared in such leading journals as The Yale Review, Cambridge Quarterly, and American Theatre, and he is the regular film critic for The Hudson Review in New York. Dr. Cardullo has served on the theatre-and-film advisory panel of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and he has twice been appointed a Fulbright Scholar.

Critical Edition of Two Modern Plays on the Dramatic Character of Sir John Falstaff
2006 0-7734-5565-5
This book focuses on a literary figure – Shakespeare’s Falstaff – who seems to have taken on a life independent of the plays in which he first appeared: Henry IV, Part One (ca. 1596), Henry IV, Part Two (ca. 1599), and The Merry Wives of Windsor (ca. 1597-1601). Since that time, Falstaff has appeared in numerous other plays, novels, poems, paintings, musical pieces, and films. The high points in Falstaff’s “career,” included in this collection, are by two major artistic figures from the 20th century: Fernand Crommelynck (1886-1970), whose The Knight of the Moon, or Sir John Falstaff is adapted from the two parts of Henry IV, with some additions from The Merry Wives of Windsor; and Orson Welles (1915-1985), whose play Chimes at Midnight (1960) prepared the way for his 1966 film by the same title and was itself preceded by another stage version by Welles, Five Kings (1938). Each of the two Falstaff plays in this volume is preceded by a preface, and the anthology as a whole is framed by an historical introduction and a comprehensive critical, as well as creative, bibliography. This book’s contribution to scholarship is not only its documentation of Falstaff’s characterological life and the influence of that life on subsequent art, but also the fact that it serves as a case study, of sorts, in the art of adaptation: from drama to drama, even from drama to film.

Practical Film Criticism - An Enlightened Approach to Moviegoing Volume One
1999 0-7734-7967-8
These two volumes are an attempt to grapple with the nature of film art through the evaluation of vital and representative instances of that art, created throughout the world, from 1993 to 1998. The essays contained herein are acts of analysis and interpretation, they are neither windy theoretical musings nor impenetrable scholarly tracts. In addition, there are two translations of visionary articles by prominent international directors; an extended interview with an esteemed American movie critic, a speculative piece on the relationships among theatre, fiction, and film; an overview of the careers of the Vittorio De Sica and Woody Allen; and a long, polemical introduction. Generously illustrated.

Practical Film Criticism - An Enlightened Approach to Moviegoing Volume Two
1999 0-7734-7820-5
These two volumes are an attempt to grapple with the nature of film art through the evaluation of vital and representative instances of that art, created throughout the world, from 1993 to 1998. The essays contained herein are acts of analysis and interpretation, they are neither windy theoretical musings nor impenetrable scholarly tracts. In addition, there are two translations of visionary articles by prominent international directors; an extended interview with an esteemed American movie critic, a speculative piece on the relationships among theatre, fiction, and film; an overview of the careers of the Vittorio De Sica and Woody Allen; and a long, polemical introduction. Generously illustrated.