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Shakespearean Spinoffs: Novels, Music, Film
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 2, No. 37. Monday, 4 Feb 1991.
 
(1)   Date:   Mon, 4 Feb 91 09:11:24 EST                     (15 lines)
      From:   Antonia Forster <R1AMF@AKRONVM>
      Subject:      Re: SHK 2.0031  Shakespearean Spinoffs
 
(2)   Date:   Mon, 4 Feb 91 13:13:57 EST                     (16 lines)
      From:   Lawrence Schimel <SCHLAWD@YALEVM>
      Subject:      Shakespeare in Music
 
(3)   Date:         Mon, 04 Feb 91 22:17:21 EST              (24 lines)
      From:         Ken Steele <
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      Subject:      Mob *Macbeth*
 
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Date:   Mon, 4 Feb 91 09:11:24 EST
From:   Antonia Forster <R1AMF@AKRONVM>
Subject: 2.0031  Shakespearean Spinoffs
Comment:      Re: SHK 2.0031  Shakespearean Spinoffs
 
If collection is being made of works including Shakespearean
performance, Frances Burney's third novel *Camilla* must be
included. In book IV chapter VIII there is what is described
accurately as a "truly ludicrous" performance of *Othello*.
The characters are all wearing costumes from other parts
(e.g. Brabantio is wearing Hamlet's father's armour, Amelia
is wearing the clothes of the first witch in *Macbeth*), all
have strong and conflicting provincial accents, Othello sets
his wig on fire during the supposed murder scene, and so on.
 
                      Antonia Forster
 
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Date:   Mon, 4 Feb 91 13:13:57 EST
From:   Lawrence Schimel <SCHLAWD@YALEVM>
Subject:      Shakespeare in Music
 
Last night brought a mini-epiphany for me, when I realized that Sting's album,
"...Nothing like the sun" comes from Shakespeare Sonnet 130 which opens, "My
mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun."  He uses that full line in the song
(10 on the cd version) Sister Moon.  What is most interesting about it is that
it is intended as a complete compliment, rather than the mocking one of the
reverse blazon.  Are there any other instances of incorporating Shakespeare
into music which people know of?  And where do I put these in the
bibliographies????
 
Lawrence Schimel
SCHLAWD@YALEVM
 
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Date:         Mon, 04 Feb 91 22:17:21 EST
From:         Ken Steele <
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Subject:      Mob *Macbeth*
 
Perhaps others know more about this than I, but apparently another
Shakespeare film has just hit the silver screen.  *Men of Respect*,
written and directed by William Reilly, starring John Turturro and
Katherine Borowitz, seems to be a gangster version of "the Scottish
play."
 
The protagonist, Mike Battaglia (M.B.), is a gangland soldier who
proudly boasts that "Not a man of woman born can do sh-- to me."
MacDuff becomes Duffy, Malcolm Mal, and Banquo is "Bankie Como".
Apparently the film follows the events of Shakespeare's plot with
mechanical and unthinking accuracy, and is ultimately unsatisfactory
and humorous for all the wrong reasons.  (Although I should point out
that I haven't seen it myself -- this is from a newspaper review).
 
Has anyone seen it, and do they corroborate or contest the reviewer's
verdict?  I'm sure I'll be seeing Gibson in *Hamlet* long before I
go see this one, but I *am* curious.
                                            Ken Steele
                                            University of Toronto
 

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