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Re: Miller *MV*
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 0025.  Monday, 15 January, 1995.
 
(1)     From:   Daniel M Larner <
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        Date:   Saturday, 14 Jan 1995 08:57:01 -0800 (PST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 6.0020 Re: *MV* and Anti-Semitism
 
(2)     From:   Tom Dale Keever <
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        Date:   Sunday, 15 Jan 95 22:32:18 EST
        Subj:   The Miller/Olivier Merchant
 
 
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From:           Daniel M Larner <
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Date:           Saturday, 14 Jan 1995 08:57:01 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 6.0020 Re: *MV* and Anti-Semitism
Comment:        Re: SHK 6.0020 Re: *MV* and Anti-Semitism
 
Thanks to David Evett for his posting on the video of the Jonathan Miller MV
with Olivier and Plowright.  I saw this production in London when it first
appeared (1971?) and was deeply moved by the way it puts the moral pinch on
Jessica, and leaves us with the bitter pill to swallow that no one here--not
just Shylock, Jessica, Bassanio and Antonio, but also Portia and whole
crew--are living over a barely covered swamp of deadly hatred.
 
Daniel Larner
Fairhaven College
Western Washington University
 
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Date:           Sunday, 15 Jan 95 22:32:18 EST
Subject:        The Miller/Olivier Merchant
 
Yes, Jonathan Miller's 1973 MERCHANT OF VENICE is a tour de force.  Miller
discussed the production in an interview I saw once.  He said Olivier was
determined to use a panoply of facial prosthetics to make himself look more
"Jewish."  Miller let him play with his false nose, his distorted upper lip,
and his other artificial deformities in rehearsal but then gently stripped them
away one by one as he convinced him, using himself as an example, that Jews
didn't really look that much different from other people.  The performance he
helped Jeremy Brett shape in the role of Bassanio is also unique.
 
Miller's MERCHANT is availabe on VHS videocassette for $19.98 from The Writing
Company.  Call 1-800-421-4246 to order or get on their mailing list.  Their new
1995 catalog has also added, at the same price, Welles' OTHELLO and Branagh's
MUCH ADO.
 

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