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Re: *TN* Video
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 0180.  Wednesday, 8 March 1995.
 
(1)     From:   Kenneth S. Rothwell <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 7 Mar 1995 09:01:53 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 6.0176 Re: *TN* Question
 
(2)     From:   Matthew Henerson <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 7 Mar 1995 11:12:35 -0800
        Subj:   Twelfth Night video
 
 
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From:           Kenneth S. Rothwell <
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Date:           Tuesday, 7 Mar 1995 09:01:53 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 6.0176 Re: *TN* Question
Comment:        Re: SHK 6.0176 Re: *TN* Question
 
Dear Juliet Youngren, The "movie"version of TN with Alec Guinness was the 1970
television version directed by John Dexter, which was made for British
commercial (not BBC) television. It's available in the UK on cassette but so
far as I know not in North America. Ken Rothwell
 
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From:           Matthew Henerson <
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Date:           Tuesday, 7 Mar 1995 11:12:35 -0800
Subject:        Twelfth Night video
 
To whoever asked about the Alec Guinness *Twelfth Night*,
 
I'm sorry, but I deleted the post by mistake before I could take down your
name.  This televised *Twelfth Night* was directed by John Dexter for the BBC
in the late sixties or early seventies.  Guinness is Malvolio, Ralph Richardson
is Toby, and Joan Plowright is Viola and Sebastian.  It was broadcast on Bravo
a few years ago, but it is not generally available in the United States.  The
one place that I know of which carries it is The Continental Shop on Wilshire
Blvd. in Santa Monica, CA (a suburb of Los Angeles for anybody who has never
been out west.)  This is an import shop which specializes in British video
tape.  They buy pal video in England, transfer it, and sell or rent the copies.
 In order not to violate copyright law, I believe they are allowed to make only
one copy of each British tape they buy.  They are expensive--you'll pay about
$40.00 for the *Twelfth Night*, but they do stock material which you simply
can't find elsewhere.  I've seen Trevor Nunn's *Macbeth*, *Othello*, and
*Comedy of Errors* there.  I've also seen the complete English Shakespeare
Company *Wars of the Roses*.  They also stock Olivier's *Othello* (and his
*Uncle Vanya*), and a recent British film of  *As You Like It* in modern dress.
 
They do not, however, stock Derek Jarman's film of *The Tempest* which I've
been trying to see for years.  Does anybody know where I can find a copy?
 
Matt
 

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