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Re: Branagh ADO, Other Videos, and WT Query
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, SHK 7.0809.  Monday, 11 November 1996.

(1)     From:   Jesus Cora <
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        Date:   Monday, 11 Nov 1996 17:09:10 UTC+0100
        Subj:   SHK 7.0800  Two ADOs

(2)     From:   Evelyn Gajowski <
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        Date:   Monday, 11 Nov 1996 15:32:15 -0800 (PST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 7.0803 Re: ADOs

(3)     From:   Kathleen Kendrick <
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        Date:   Monday, 11 Nov 1996 19:34:25 -0600 (CST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 7.0803 Re: ADOs


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Date:           Monday, 11 Nov 1996 17:09:10 UTC+0100
Subject: Two ADOs
Comment:        SHK 7.0800  Two ADOs

Dear John Cox,

Indeed, Branagh's *Much Ado* is on video, at least on this side of the
Atlantic. In Spain it has even been sold at kiosks and newsagents' as a part of
a collection of videos designed to improve foreign language skills. The film is
sold in the original English version with subtitles in English so that students
can relate the sounds to the written words. Terrific material for students of
English and English literature as a foreign literature! I have a copy of this
and it really helps students! (Perhaps it would be useful for those 'native
speakers' that have problems with different accents). I take for granted that
the video is easily available in the UK, VHS format, PAL colour, of course.
However, the releaser escapes me right now (Columbia- Tri-Star?)

And now for my own question. Does anyone know if Branagh's *Othello* and
McKellen's *Richard III* are available on videotape? I have the Royal
Shakespeare Company version with McKellen as Iago, which I plan to show my
students this year, but I would also consider purchasing Branagh's in order to
show something really "modern" (Does it happen to you that stu- dents tend to
reject Olivier's versions? His *Hamlet* is not that bad. Maybe this happens on
account of its being a B&W film?!).

Ok, and now for something totally different.

Being somewhat sick of so much metacriticism and navel-watching I would like to
redirect the attention of my fellow SHAKSPEReans to the works of the Bard, if
you allow me to do so (pray ye!).

I have noticed that in *The Winter's Tale* there is a curious relationship
between the female characters: Hermione, Paulina and Perdita and references to
devils and witchcraft. Hermione jokes on the connection between women an devils
in her courtly conversation with Polixenes and Leontes. When Paulina defends
the reputation of Hermione, she is threatened with being burnt at the stake by
Leontes. She defends herself and says that accusation and threat is close to
tyranny. She even holds that it is more heretic he who lights the fire than the
one who dies in it. Later, when Polixenes opposes the love relationship between
Florizel and Perdita, he accuses the latter of being an 'enchantment'. Now,
shall we see this as a topical reference to the witch-hunts in Lancashire and
other parts of England? Are Paulina's words a mild, though risky, rebuke to
King James I? Has anyone written about this aspect of the play? I think it is
quite "modern" of Shakespeare to show victimised women in connection with false
accusations of witchcraft by crazed men who do this as a way of enforcing their
authority?

Yours,
J. Cora

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From:           Evelyn Gajowski <
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Date:           Monday, 11 Nov 1996 15:32:15 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 7.0803 Re: ADOs
Comment:        Re: SHK 7.0803 Re: ADOs

Back in 1988-1991, when I taught the senior seminar in Shakespeare at UC Santz
Cruz, the only way I was able to get my hands on a copy of the Antoon/Papp
cinematic text of *Much Ado* was to borrow it from the film collection at UC
Berkeley.  Hugh Richmond, if I remember correctly, was my contact there.  But
see Bernice Kliman's message of 10 Nov.

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Date:           Monday, 11 Nov 1996 19:34:25 -0600 (CST)
Subject: 7.0803 Re: ADOs
Comment:        Re: SHK 7.0803 Re: ADOs

I bought a copy of Branagh's Much Ado through Blockbuster at a very reasonable
price in Chicago.
 

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