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Shakespearean VHS Materials
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 2, No. 16. Sunday, 20 Jan 1991.
 
(1)   Date:     Fri, 18 Jan 91 15:53 EST                     (26 lines)
      From:     Ann Miller <FAC_AMILLER@JMUVAX1>
      Subject:  "Discovering Shakespeare" Kit
 
(2)   Date:   Fri, 18 Jan 91 15:46:59 EST                    (24 lines)
      From:   
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      Subject: *Henry V* on VHS
 
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Date:     Fri, 18 Jan 91 15:53 EST
From:     Ann Miller <FAC_AMILLER@JMUVAX1>
Subject:  "Discovering Shakespeare" Kit
 
As a librarian I receive any number of ads for educational materials,
including many Shakesperean items.  Actually, I keep my eye out for those.
I thought I would mention an item from PBS Video called *Discovering
Shakespeare*. It focuses on rehearsals of the Renaissance Theater Company
production of *Hamlet* directed by Derek Jacobi and starring Kenneth
Branagh.  A one two punch I would love to see.  I think it would be most
fascinating to see how KB works as his Shakespeare interpretations are
much in the news these days.  The price for the kit is $150 with class
packs of 20 programmes (viewing guides) another $90.  Might be of
interest to you teaching folks.
 
Also, I saw the Branagh *Henry V* advertised at $79.97 (US), seems a
bit steep on a librarian's salary. My colleague in Media assures me that
videos are often issued at a very high price and that the price usually
comes down.  If we are patient we can get bargain basement Shakespeare.
 
Ann Miller
James Madison University
Harrisonburg, VA  22807
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Date:   Fri, 18 Jan 91 15:46:59 EST
From:   
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  (Eleanor J. Evans @ 462-5330)
Subject: *Henry V* on VHS
 
Kenneth Branagh's *Henry V* is already out in VHS - I rented it over
Christmas (to watch AGAIN).  Since I've just signed on, I missed what
must have been quite a number of reviews for it.  Does anyone have them
archived, and would mind sending them to me?
 
Hamlet doesn't open in Dallas until Friday (19th).  Has anyone else
seen it already?  I have high expectations - which were fortunately
confirmed by Ken's review.  I'm really looking forward to Gibson's
interpretation.  (Remember his Fletcher Christian?)
 
On the subject of *Taming of the Shrew* (NOT one of my favorites), the
production that made me like it was the BBC (?) production shown on
PBS's Shakespeare plays around 1979-80 - with John Cleese as Petruchio.
His "taming" was an inspired performance.  Has anyone else seen it; and
do you agree?  I'd love to get a copy of it, if it's available, but I
haven't a clue where to look.
 
Eleanor Evans

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