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Re: Branagh and the New *Othello* Film
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 0363.  Thursday, 4 May 1995.
 
(1)     From:   Christine Gilmore <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 3 May 1995 10:03:58 -0700 (PDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 6.0358 New Othello Film
 
(2)     From:   Dan Kois <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 3 May 1995 13:04:25 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Branagh
 
(3)     From:   Ellen Edgerton <
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        Date:   Thursday, 4 May 95 06:21 EDT
        Subj:   More Branagh film news
 
 
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From:           Christine Gilmore <
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Date:           Wednesday, 3 May 1995 10:03:58 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 6.0358 New Othello Film
Comment:        Re: SHK 6.0358 New Othello Film
 
I'm wondering why Dave Kathman and Christine MAck Gordon (didn't she love Keanu
Reeves as Hamlet?) both dismiss the idea of Uma Thurman as Desdemona?  Forget
Tarentino's Pulp Fiction and remember her in Les Liaison Dangerouses (excuse
spelling). She has the right beauty and in a costume drama (without a
cigarette) would have the right innocence and heft needed for the role.  I'm
looking forward to Fishbourne and Thurman, if it works out.  Excuse the
frivolity of the question.  Thanks, cg.
 
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From:           Dan Kois <
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Date:           Wednesday, 3 May 1995 13:04:25 -0400 (EDT)
Subject:        Branagh
 
I'm working on an article for a campus newspaper about Branagh's "Othello" and
I was wondering who y'all _thought_ should be playing the leads. Currently
rumor is Laurence Fishburne as the Moor, Branagh himself as Iago, and Uma
Thurman (?) as Desdemona. This has caused some uproar around _our_ little
dramatic art dept (sample quotation: "Why don't they just get Drew
Barrymore?"), but it's been tough finding alternatives. Please weigh in. My
picks would be Fishburne (or Samuel Jackson), Tim Roth as Iago, and I don't
know who on earth would make a decent Des. Write me at... 
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Dan Kois
UNC-Chapel Hill
 
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From:           Ellen Edgerton <
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Date:           Thursday, 4 May 95 06:21 EDT
Subject:        More Branagh film news
 
Some clarification on Kenneth Branagh's upcoming Shakespeare film projects - he
>isn't< directing OTHELLO, just starring as Iago. (So it's not clear if Uma
Thurman would be his fault...)
 
According to VARIETY, however, he will direct a HAMLET film next year, the 3
1/2 hour version (which, he says, means that "3 1/2 people will probably go see
it.")
 

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