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Various Re: Richard 3
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, SHK 7.0737.  Thursday, 10 October 1996.

(1)     From:   Steve Urkowitz <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 09 Oct 96 07:53:56 EDT
        Subj:   Re: SHAKSPER Digest - 5 Oct 1996 to 7 Oct 1996

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        Date:   Thursday, 10 Oct 1996 14:44:14 -0700 (MST)
        Subj:   RIII Deformities (Jim Helsinger)

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        Date:   Wednesday, 09 Oct 1996 08:55:40 -0700 (MST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 7.0676  Re: Pennington, Player Kings; Just Like R&J


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From:           Steve Urkowitz <
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Date:           Wednesday, 09 Oct 96 07:53:56 EDT
Subject:        Re: SHAKSPER Digest - 5 Oct 1996 to 7 Oct 1996

On RICHARD III -- Richard's 3HenryVI long psychologically revealing and
self-lacerating speech:  Yes, a chunk of it appears in the recent film version.
If you want to see just how and why that speech has such theatrical poser, take
a look at the equivalent passage from the first-printed version in the 1595
TRUE TRAGEDY OF RICHARD DUKE OF YORK, the "bad" quarto.  Read as an early
draft,  it has a far more orderly skeletal framework. Rhetorically neat,
painfully logical.

Show the parallel versions to your writing students, to your actors, to your
budding psychoanalysts; they'll be fascinated.  If you are troubled about who
may  have been responsible for the writing of these alternative versions,
consider that she MAY have been Shakespeare, or may have been a pirate (if you
like such tales), or may have been mysterious unknowable others.  The orthodox
narrative offers pirates (but see my essay "If I mistake in those foundations
which I build upon" ELR [1988]).

Celebrating the joys of binocularity,
                    Steve Urquartowitz, City College of New York

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Date:           Thursday, 10 Oct 1996 14:44:14 -0700 (MST)
Subject:        RIII Deformities (Jim Helsinger)

As Jim Helsinger is in the process of organizing materials, perception and
applications of, for his Richard III production next Spring, he might want to
just take a glimpse at Neil Simon's film, "The Goodbye Girl" with Marsha Mason
and R. Dreyfuse.  In this movie, R. Dreyfuse plays the part of an actor that is
given a "challenging" interpretation of Richard III to work on.  There are a
couple of scenes of Dreyfuse attempting to bring his director's interpretation
of Richard III to fruition.  If I remember correctly, that particular Richard
is to be portrayed as Gay (I'm not suggesting that is a deformity, by the way),
he limps, has a lame arm and has a hunch back.  As to Richard's need for love,
compassion and friendship and the like, I'll have to think on that further.
From that little vignette, though, you might be able to get some ideas Yours
truly,  Christine Jacobson

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Date:           Wednesday, 09 Oct 1996 08:55:40 -0700 (MST)
Subject: 7.0676  Re: Pennington, Player Kings; Just Like R&J
Comment:        Re: SHK 7.0676  Re: Pennington, Player Kings; Just Like R&J

I saw Al Pacino's "Looking for Richard."  Here's what I learned.

a)  a good place to look for information about R3 is Cliff's Notes.
b)  actors know more about R3 than any scholar "at Columbia or Harvard" could
    possibly know.
c)  if you are looking for Shakespeareans to make fun of, a good place to look
    is Oxford.
d)  you don't have to know what all the words in R3 mean;  it's sufficient just
    to get the feeling
e)  everyone should have millions of dollars to make a film celebrating
    themselves
f)  Aidan Quinn should be banned from acting
g)  the film should be retitled, "Glorifying Al."    E. Pearlman
 

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