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Re: *Tempest* Videos
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 633.  Thursday, 7 October 1993.
 
(1)     From:   Jeff Nyhoff <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 6 Oct 93 07:43:06 -0700
        Subj:   [Re: *Tempest* Videos]
 
(2)     From:   Jean Peterson <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 6 Oct 1993 11:17:40 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 4.0628  Re: *Tempest* Videos
 
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        Date:   Wednesday, 6 Oct 93 14:21:47 -0400
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From:           Jeff Nyhoff <
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Date:           Wednesday, 6 Oct 93 07:43:06 -0700
Subject:        [Re: *Tempest* Videos]
 
I'm missing something: in a single sentence, Mr. Orgel dismisses "Prospero's
Books" from a consideration of productions of _The Tempest_, as if the reasons
for doing so should be obvious. Was this film collectively dismissed by this
discussion group upon its release?
 
In any case, I cannot agree.  I must argue that hypermedia treatments of
Shakespeare's plays (e.g. the MIT presentations at SAA last April), ultimately
approach a striking similarity to "Prospero's Books," and consequently I cannot
think of a more timely film for consideration in a Shakespeare course.
 
Regardless, can someone suggest where in the group archives I might find
previous discussion of the film?
 
Thanks,
 
Jeff Nyhoff
UC Berkeley
 
[To locate past discussions, I would suggest that you first search the four
indexes to the past discussions -- DISCUSS INDEX_1 (1990), DISCUSS INDEX_2
(1991), DISCUSS INDEX_3 (1992), DISCUSS INDEX_4 (1993).  After you have
the digest numbers, you can either order the appropriate monthly log or
use a gopher server to get to the Conference's LISTSERV ARCHIVES at the
University of Toronto to read the appropriate digests.  --HMC]
 
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From:           Jean Peterson <
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Date:           Wednesday, 6 Oct 1993 11:17:40 -0400
Subject: 4.0628  Re: *Tempest* Videos
Comment:        Re: SHK 4.0628  Re: *Tempest* Videos
 
>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.
 
Just another word about the Bard productions: there was a review of this
*Tempest* in *Shakespeare Film Newsletter* some years ago; I recall that
the critic made some intelligent associations between Zimbalist as Prospero
and the political climate of the '80's--Prospero for the Reagan Years!  (I
think there was also some reference to Zimbalist's association with the
religious right).  Afraid I can't give you the date of the issue, but maybe
you can track it down.
 
I have seen the Bard *Shrew*, and it is so awful it must be seen to
be believed.  Which is not to say it isn't food for thought--especially
since Bard sells itself as offering "definitive" versions of the plays as
pedagogical resource.
 
Jean Peterson
Bucknell University
 
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Date:           Wednesday, 6 Oct 93 14:21:47 -0400
Subject: 4.0628  Re: *Tempest* Videos
Comment:        Re: SHK 4.0628  Re: *Tempest* Videos
 
Has anyone mentioned the film made of Peter Brook's extraordinary workshop
on *The Tempest*, with Brook talking about his own vision. It is full of
vivid sound and physical imagery with a Japanese Ariel in kimono, everyone
else in blacks, done in, on and around an audience seated on scaffolding
and on a bare platform. The only props which I remember are a set of
coloured scarfs used at the end. Actors names elude me but I could check an
off-air tape of it after [the Canadian] Thanksgiving coming up. Whether
it's available on video I don't know - but it does provoke some interesting
discussion in class when I have used it.  As much for what Brook said
about the play as for his realization of it. I would guess that the time it
was made is the early 70's.
 
I'll dig further if anyone needs to know more.
 
Mary Jane Miller,
Dept. of Film Studies, Dramatic and Visual Arts,
Brock University,
St. Catharines, Ontario,
Canada, L2S 3A1.
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