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Re: New *Romeo and Juliet* Film
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, SHK 7.0889.  Wednesday, 27 November 1996.

(1)     From:   Milla Riggio <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 26 Nov 1996 10:13:53 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 7.0884  Re: New *Romeo and Juliet* Film

(2)     From:   Jean Peterson <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 26 Nov 1996 13:04:38 +0200
        Subj:   Re: SHK 7.0884  Re: New *Romeo and Juliet* Film

(3)     From:   Renee Stiles <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 26 Nov 1996 18:55:30 EST
        Subj:   [Re: New *Romeo and Juliet* Film]


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From:           Milla Riggio <
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Date:           Tuesday, 26 Nov 1996 10:13:53 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 7.0884  Re: New *Romeo and Juliet* Film
Comment:        Re: SHK 7.0884  Re: New *Romeo and Juliet* Film

Dear Amy Ulen:

Thank you for Vince Kimball's notes on the new R&J.  I just saw the film,
thought it was technically brilliant (though, I must say, for me totally
unmoving emotionally).  And the technical brilliance did bespeak a lot of care
in the choice of details embedded in the highly symbolic kind of (what I call)
neo-realism.  It's great to have the confirmation of some details, though the
intertextuality of film and opera and so forth is so elaborate as to be a tad
distracting, I must say.  What kind of whole conception did all this add up to?
For you?  Since you've offered the start of a dissertation on the subject....

Best,
Milla Riggio

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From:           Jean Peterson <
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Date:           Tuesday, 26 Nov 1996 13:04:38 +0200
Subject: 7.0884  Re: New *Romeo and Juliet* Film
Comment:        Re: SHK 7.0884  Re: New *Romeo and Juliet* Film

*** If students are going to watch a movie rather than reading the play,
it might as well be Zeffirelli.***

Would Tunis Romein care to explain why?  Because it's the film s/he prefers?
Because it embodies a more conventional (but equally anachronistic), idealized
version of what "Shakespeare" is supposed to be like? (E.g., sumptuous
16th-century costumes, ornately decorative locations and settings--conventions
more akin to 19th-century pictoral realism than anything seen on the Globe
stage).  Romein is, of course, entitled to personally enjoy one film rather
than another, but I see no reason why Zeffirelli's should be "elevated" to
canonical status and pedagogical tool. Once could be just as snide about the
way Hussey and Whiting "use the Shakespearean language" (a considerable portion
replaced by gasps, gulps, heavy breathing, inarticulate gurgles and
extra-textual interpolations like "oh...GOD!!!") as many critics are being
about DiCaprio and Danes.

Jean Peterson
Bucknell University

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From:           Renee Stiles <
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Date:           Tuesday, 26 Nov 1996 18:55:30 EST
Subject:        [Re: New *Romeo and Juliet* Film]

Yet again I hate to differ with the high school teacher who says that the "
children " these days, all like the language of the film. I know that some do
not, and for that I have to give them a little credit- today I find that most
high school students prefer to actually understand the play rather than suffer
through the long and sometimes trecherous vocabulary.  I am a senior in high
school and personally I do like the vocabulary in the film but I know that
people like me are few in numbers.  The friends I went with constantly turned
to me and wondered what they were talking about and I must admit, sometimes I
was lost but we got the hang of the language after awhile.  Overall-students my
age loved the movie and not to repeat myself- " it isn't just because we want
to get a good look at Clair or Decaprio! " because it wasn't- we love the story
in general and I am not sure if it would have made a difference if it were two
geriatric actors or if were who they were- I know that I still would have paid
the $5 to go see it!

Renee Stiles, Upward Bound Student, SLU
 

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