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Re: Video Recommendations
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0464.  Friday, 27 May 1994.
 
(1)     From:   Steven Marx <
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        Date:   Thursday, 26 May 1994 08:58:40 -0700 (PDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 5.0456 Qs: Video Recommendations
 
(2)     From:   Peter Greenfield <
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        Date:   Thursday, 26 May 94 15:24:56 PST
        Subj:   For Shaksper: A&C films
 
(3)     From:   Elise Earthman <
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        Date:   Thursday, 26 May 1994 16:25:39 -0700 (PDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 5.0460 Re: Videos
 
 
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From:           Steven Marx <
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Date:           Thursday, 26 May 1994 08:58:40 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 5.0456 Qs: Video Recommendations
Comment:        Re: SHK 5.0456 Qs: Video Recommendations
 
I regret ordering the BARD video production of A and C. On the other hand, I
found the RSC version recently released and of comparable price to be
excellent, far superior to the BBC version.
 
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From:           Peter Greenfield <
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Date:           Thursday, 26 May 94 15:24:56 PST
Subject:        For Shaksper: A&C films
 
Let me second--or third--previous comments on the Bard film of Antony and
Cleopatra.  I discovered to my $$$$ grief that it was NOT a film of the 1986
West End production with Dalton and VANESSA Redgrave, which had some
powerful moments.
 
Peter Greenfield
U. Puget Sound
greenfield@ups.
 
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Date:           Thursday, 26 May 1994 16:25:39 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 5.0460 Re: Videos
Comment:        Re: SHK 5.0460 Re: Videos
 
Thanks for the non-recommendation of the Dalton/Redgrave A&C; it looked
intriguing, but was way too expensive for me to take a chance on it.  I used
the Suzman this semester and had mixed feelings about it.  My students were so
unhappy last time with the BBC Antony (Colin Blakely, I think) that I thought
I'd try the RSC one.  But the production is too stylized for my taste, making
it harder to get into, and to my dismay, they cut or underplay a number of the
play's (IMHO) most wonderful moments, for example, seriously abridging the "I
dreamed there was an emperor Antony"  section and throwing away the "Not know
me yet?" "Cold-hearted toward me?"  exchange.  And after I described to
students the towering rage that Antony is in upon seeing Thidias with
Cleopatra, the RSC version of that scene was pretty tame.  The best thing about
that production is students' delight in seeing Captain Picard playing
Enobarbus, and they also told me that the fellow playing Eros now appears as
the butler on Fresh Prince of Beverly Hills, which I didn't know but which
heightened their interest in the play (not to be sneezed at).
 
I have a hard time, in teaching A&C, in getting students to see it as something
other than a soap opera, with Cleopatra slapping messengers around and
Enobarbus groaning, "Oh, Antony, Antony..."  I'll be teaching it again this
summer--any ideas on how to get past the "As the Roman Empire Turns" aspect?
They have particular trouble in seeing Antony as anything but a broken down old
has-been who is led around by a ring in his nose.  They enjoy the play, but are
very skeptical at the suggestion that this is a pair of great lovers--
 
Elise Earthman
 

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