Shakespeare Electronic Conference, SHK 7.0792. Thursday, 7 November 1996.
Date: Thursday, 07 Nov 1996 13:29:02 GMT
Subject: 7.0785 Re: "Jazz Age" MUCH ADO
Comment: Re: SHK 7.0785 Re: "Jazz Age" MUCH ADO
>Perhaps the "jazz age" MUCH ADO that Jeff Nyhoff asks about was the Joseph Papp
>production out of New York. I remember that it was broadcast over PBS on April
>8, 1974, the same night that Hank Aaron hit home run 715; I was switching
>channels, trying to watch both. I saw the film once after that, and it was a
>fine production. Even if Papp's is not the MUCH ADO that Jeff is thinking
>about, I'd be grateful to learn where I might get a copy.
Is that the one with Sam Waterston as Benedick? If so, I don't remember it as
being "Jazz Age." I do remember it, however, as an absolutely fantastic
production. A few years ago I contacted the Papp people about showing it in
class. They said it only existed in one copy (film) that was in very bad shape
(they wouldn't guarantee it was in showable condition) and cost a lot of money
to rent. When I asked why they didn't distribute it on videotape, they said
they were worried about copyright infringement. So, they're letting it
self-destruct. Makes sense, doesn't it?