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Re: *Tempest* Videos
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 628.  Wednesday, 6 October 1993.
 
(1)     From:   Stephen Orgel <
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        Date:   Monday, 4 Oct 1993 21:36:31 -0700 (PDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 4.0625  Qs: Bergman *Ham*; Il Moro; *Tempest* w/
 
(2)     From:   Kenneth S. Rothwell <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 5 Oct 1993 08:17:02 -500 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: Bergman *Ham*; Il Moro; *Tempest* w/ Zimbalist
 
(3)     From:   John Massa <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 5 Oct 93 11:02 CST
        Subj:   Zimbalest "Tempest"
 
 
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From:           Stephen Orgel <
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Date:           Monday, 4 Oct 1993 21:36:31 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 4.0625  Qs: Bergman *Ham*; Il Moro; *Tempest* w/
Comment:        Re: SHK 4.0625  Qs: Bergman *Ham*; Il Moro; *Tempest* w/
 
Re: video Tempests. The Zimbalist version is "songsy-dancy"; my students
dissolve in giggles at it, and I find it a little embarrassing. I believe
it derives from a Stratford, Conn. production. I concur in finding the
BBC version disappointing, singularly bleak; and to cut so short a play
really is perverse. There is an ancient live-video performance available
with Maurice Evans as Prospero, Roddy MacDowell as Ariel and (sit tight)
Richard Burton as Caliban. It's cut--I think it was for an hour show--
and constricted by the demands of the medium in c. 1952, but there are
amazing things in it. The superlative Giorgio Strehler production is
now available on tape in Italy, but if you order it from abroad it is
perfectly easy to have it translated into US format (and anyhow,
AIWA now makes a machine that will play all formats through US
tv monitors), and though there are no subtitles, the action is entirely
clear, since it's a very precise translation of the play (though, oddly,
the masque is cut). It's magnificent, one of the great modern Shakespeare
productions, worth the effort of getting ahold of. Strehler's great
Lear, by the way, is also available. Those are all the Tempests I know;
I omit Prospero's Books; if the Jarman Tempest were available, I'd
recommend it.
 
Cheers,
Stephen Orgel
 
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Date:           Tuesday, 5 Oct 1993 08:17:02 -500 (EDT)
Subject:        Re: Bergman *Ham*; Il Moro; *Tempest* w/ Zimbalist
 
Dear Gardner Campbell, The Tempest that you refer to is one of a series
made by Bard Productions in rivalry with the BBC Shakespeare Plays. The
release date I have is 1985. The big selling point was to use American
actors whom American students could identify with. So far as I know the
series was never completed, though about six exist, some well received
others denounced. The fate of all Shakespeare series. The series was
recently available through Facets Media in Chicago and many other mail
order outlets. Ken Rothwell
 
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From:           John Massa <
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Date:           Tuesday, 5 Oct 93 11:02 CST
Subject:        Zimbalest "Tempest"
 
The set, costumes, and acting in this "Tempest" were awful, in my opinion.  I
turned it off after 30 minutes and decided to just read the play again.
Zimbalest was unprepared for the part.  So for me, it was definitely not a
"gem" -- but there's no accounting for taste...
 
John

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