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Re: Shakespeare on Film (VCR)
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, SHK 7.0738.  Thursday, 10 October 1996.

(1)     From:   Bernice W. Kliman <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 9 Oct 1996 10:05:56 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 7.0734  Q: Shakespeare on Film (VCR)

(2)     From:   Andrew Walker White <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 9 Oct 1996 14:58:36 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 7.0734 Q: Shakespeare on Film (VCR)

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        Date:   Wednesday, 9 Oct 1996 18:19:29 -0400
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From:           Bernice W. Kliman <
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Date:           Wednesday, 9 Oct 1996 10:05:56 -0400
Subject: 7.0734  Q: Shakespeare on Film (VCR)
Comment:        Re: SHK 7.0734  Q: Shakespeare on Film (VCR)

Benjamin Sher asks how to find a reliable retail outlet for Shakespeare on film
in general.  Two suggestions:  The oustanding resource is Kenneth Rothwell's
filmography *Shakespeare on Screen: An International Filmography and
Videography* (New York: Neal-Schuman:1990), which not only lists the important
items (and many obscure titles) with credits and other important datate, but
also offers succint reviews and rental, sale and archival sources.  The Indexes
and appendices provide a wealth of information.

Facets Multimedia is one of the retail sources that Rothwell lists: It can be
reached at 800-331-6197.  Based in Chicago, Facets sells as well as rents
films.  Though membership is not required, members benefit from free catalogs
(which can also be purchased) and a number of free rentals. Sometimes Facets
publishes a separate Shakespeare catalogue. This company is worlds apart from
Blockbusters.

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Date:           Wednesday, 9 Oct 1996 14:58:36 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 7.0734 Q: Shakespeare on Film (VCR)
Comment:        Re: SHK 7.0734 Q: Shakespeare on Film (VCR)

There are no catalogs I can think of that would include the Brook "Lear" in
their catalog, but I'll see if I have a few around.  It may interest you that I
once met the Russian poet Yevtushenko in NYC, and asked him about Vysotsky's
Hamlet, which was supposed to be the standard of his day when he played at the
Taganka.

Yevtuschenko contemptuously replied "Vysotsky only played Vysotsky.  Paul
Scofield is the best Hamlet."

As for Mel Gibson, it was as flat and derivative a film as I have ever seen,
and I was greatly disappointed.  Aside from resurrecting the utterly useless
Freud/Jones interpretation of the Oedipal complex, a very lazy choice to my
mind, I have to say that Gibson played a far better Hamlet in "Lethal Weapon".
Would that he had been allowed to play the madness in that mode, instead of the
one he adopted for the film.

Best of luck finding your videos,
Andy White

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Date:           Wednesday, 9 Oct 1996 18:19:29 -0400
Subject: 7.0734 Q: Shakespeare on Film (VCR)
Comment:        Re: SHK 7.0734 Q: Shakespeare on Film (VCR)

I too would be interested in finding such a company as you request. However,
the offerings from The Shakespeare Catalog put out by the Writing
Company(1-800-421-4246, also 
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  or their web site:
http://WritingCo.com/Shakespeare) have come as close as I have yet found to
lots of Shakespeare videos, reasonably priced. The RIII (Olivier) that you seek
is here for $14.95.
 

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