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Re: ACT *Shr.* and *Shrew* Questios
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0696.  Wednesday, 24 August 1994.
 
(1)     From:   Diana Henderson <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 23 Aug 1994 17:40 EDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 5.0691  Re: ACT and Moonlighting *Shrew*s
 
(2)     From:   E. H. Pearlman <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 24 Aug 1994 11:29:58 -0600 (MDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 5.0692  Re: PC and ACT *Shrew*s
 
 
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From:           Diana Henderson <
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Date:           Tuesday, 23 Aug 1994 17:40 EDT
Subject: 5.0691  Re: ACT and Moonlighting *Shrew*s
Comment:        Re: SHK 5.0691  Re: ACT and Moonlighting *Shrew*s
 
The video of William Ball's commedia-influenced ACT "Shrew" was broadcast
first in 1976 and then repeated in 1979, on PBS (Great Performances/Theater
in America series); unfortunately, I don't believe it is available for
sale.  You may run into similar comments as mentioned re. Bruce Willis, since
Marc Singer went on to grade-B action movie fame, of a sort.  They
certainly use his body to effect in "Shrew," and it is a great antidote to
the BBC. So is "Moonlighting," which works even if students don't know
about Maddie and David.  With enough interest perhaps we could get someone
at PBS & ABC to release and market them? In the meantime, I'd recommend
taking another look at Zeffirelli's movie, or at least parts of it.
 
An inquiry on a related note: I'm confused about the release date for the
(very long) CBC video of the 1981 Stratford Ontario performance w/ Sharry
Flett and Len Cariou; Rothwell & Melzer give it as 1981, but I believe that
the copy I watched at the Folger was packaged as a 1986 release.  Maybe I'm
missing something obvious or have misremembered..clarifications welcome.
 
Thanks, Diana Henderson (
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Date:           Wednesday, 24 Aug 1994 11:29:58 -0600 (MDT)
Subject: 5.0692  Re: PC and ACT *Shrew*s
Comment:        Re: SHK 5.0692  Re: PC and ACT *Shrew*s
 
Concerning the Shrew, does anyone have a theory about why TS has been
filmed twice with the world's most famous theatrical couples of the time
(Mary Pickford- Douglas Fairbanks 1928 and Elizabeth Taylor- Richard Burton
1965) and each time the marriages exploded soon afterward.  What is the
proper sociological-psychological gloss for this phenomenon?
 

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