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Re: Negative *Ado* Reviews
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0126. Thursday, 17 February 1994.
 
From:           Luc Borot <
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Date:           Wednesday, 16 Feb 1994 22:38:59 +0100
Subject: 5.0123  Re: Negative *Ado* Review
Comment:        Re: SHK 5.0123  Re: Negative *Ado* Review
 
I remember that we were rather divided last Spring when the film was opening in
our respective countries at the time of the Cannes festival; by digging in the
logbooks of SHAKSPER for the months of May to June or July, there may be a
series of spirited and contradictory argument about the film. I think I
remember the main grudge was the US star-casting (but can 'Batman' and
'Dracula' be coutercasted, when they are there because they 'were' Batman and
Dracula? I wish they had been coutercasted, like Robert Stevens as Falstaff in
1+2H4 by Adrian Noble at the RST some years ago: he was swell --because he had
to look swollen--).
 
Yours as ever, and I hope I'm not called 'pious' by some because I recommended
you all to get yourselves a fresh drink of wine to avoid getting angry! I hope
Terence Hawkes will agree that Prohibition WAS an ABSOLUTE Bad Thing with all
the requisite idealistic capitals. And we'll agree around a cup and everything
will be fine; I hope we shall prove him right by not drinking the same stuff
because our metabolisms don't agree and we were not brought up (or didn't bring
ourselves up) to the same slushing habits. The cup's the thing, and whatever's
in it, the drinking together is what matters. Let's conclude it by making a
joke of a serious matter, knowing that like all sensitive and intelligent
people, we are able to get too angry about ideas because they are not mere
abstractions to us but condition lots of other things, and that we must be
careful about each other's sensibilities. It may be the thing most to observe
in a state of complete freedom of speech. The main drawback with e-mail is that
it doesn't carry humour and jest through as the voice does. Add to this my poor
control of Igngliche...
 
OOOps! sorry: I've been pious again...
 
Luc
 
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