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Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 282.  Friday, 7 May 1993.
 
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        Date:   Thursday, 6 May 1993 22:24 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 4.0280  Re: Branagh's *Ado*
 
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        Date:   Friday, 7 May 1993 10:05:11 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   RE: SHK 4.0280  Re: Branagh's *Ado*
 
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        Date:   Friday, 7 May 1993 14:03 EDT
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Date:           Thursday, 6 May 1993 22:24 EST
Subject: 4.0280  Re: Branagh's *Ado*
Comment:        Re: SHK 4.0280  Re: Branagh's *Ado*
 
For those interested, there is an article in this month's "Vogue"
magazine about Branaugh's *Ado*...
 
Rasa L. Hollender
 
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Date:           Friday, 7 May 1993 10:05:11 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 4.0280  Re: Branagh's *Ado*
Comment:        RE: SHK 4.0280  Re: Branagh's *Ado*
 
I, too, went to the Canadian premier of *Ado* and my reaction is very similar
to what David's was or is.  At the end, I felt cheated in some way.  Hard to
describe really, but I was hoping for the same strength and authenticity as
*Henry V*.  I thought Emma Thompson was brilliant as always, but that there was
too much comedy to make the serious parts as serious as they should have been
taken.  Keanu Reeves seemed an odd bit of casting because of his age (I thought
the part should have been played by a man slightly older) and his acting
ability (which was slightly shallow).  As David said, he performed like a young
man who was melancholy and spoiled rather than someone who should have been
threatenly evil.  I also agree with David's remarks about the casting of the
other characters.  It seems a shame that such dialogue and depth of character
in all the parts, should be wasted on actors who don't really know how to
approach acting Shakespeare, but feel they need to add a "Shakespeare" to their
resumes AND a director who casts them for boxoffice purposes, yet sacrifices
artistic integrity.
 
I suppose I am being melodramatic, but I am a great K. Branagh fan and I was
very much looking forward to this film.  Like most, I thought he could do know
wrong, so feeling cheated at the end of one of his films in very disheartening.
 
He is in Toronto right now at the Four Seasons, promoting *Ado*; then he
will be off to Cannes where it will be entered in competition.  After that
is done, he will be off to Switzerland to direct and star in FRANKENSTEIN where
he is the scientist and Robert DiNero will be the monster.  Hmmm?
 
Just my two cents.
 
Chantal

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Date:           Friday, 7 May 1993 14:03 EDT
Subject: 4.0280  Re: Branagh's *Ado*
Comment:        Re: SHK 4.0280  Re: Branagh's *Ado*
 
Re David McFadden's remark on Hero: For me, the disturbing thing is not that
Hero is 'bashed about so viciously.' That, indeed, strikes me as a fair
current image for the experience she is put through. What does disappoint
me, however, is that, as McFadden observes, the violence seems gratuitous
in this film. I think that's because it is never coherently contextualised
or problematised--this is a version of *Ado* which elects not to tell Hero's
story from the inside at all, which strikes me as more than a little
regressive in 1993.
 

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