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Re: Pennington, Player Kings; Just Like R&J
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, SHK 7.0676.  Thursday, 19 September 1996.

(1)     From:   Charles Ross <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 18 Sep 1996 10:15:27 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 7.0674 Pennington, Player Kings

(2)     From:   Jimmy Jung <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 18 Sep 1996 11:46am
        Subj:   RE: Just Like R&J


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From:           Charles Ross <
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Date:           Wednesday, 18 Sep 1996 10:15:27 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 7.0674 Pennington, Player Kings
Comment:        Re: SHK 7.0674 Pennington, Player Kings

Re: the recently alleged sublimity of the Fall of Troy speech in Hamlet. The
speech is written to be not magnificent but magnificently second rate. The
image of Priam falling due only to the whiff and wind of Pyrrhus' sword is
wonderfully absurd. That a good actor can make this stuff sound great may
explain why some people accept the recent attribution of the Funeral Elegy to
Shakespeare (although we might posit a scenario in which Shakespeare
deliberately holds back on his powers to compose a second rate poem).

Charles Ross
Purdue Univ.

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From:           Jimmy Jung <
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Date:           Wednesday, 18 Sep 1996 11:46am
Subject:        RE: Just Like R&J

Janet asked, "Do I detect a certain snarkiness in the inquiries regarding the
casting of DiCaprio and Danes as R and J?"

No, I think it's pretty cool, and I think some of the recent criticism
regarding Keaton and Heston smacks of elitism.  We are talking about Hollywood,
they are trying to entertain and make a buck.  From the internet movie database
at <http://us.imdb.com/cache/title-exact/66369>

      Jesse Bradford                            Balthasar
      Claire Danes                              Juliet
      Brian Dennehy                             Ted Montague
      Leonardo DiCaprio                         Romeo
      Jamie Kennedy                             Sampson
      Vincent Laresca                           Abra
      John Leguizamo                            Tybalt
      Carlos Martin Manzo                       Petruchio
      Miriam Margolyes                          Nurse
      Dash Mihok                                Benvolio
      Zak Orth                                  Gregory
      Harold Perrineau                          Mercutio
      Christina Pickles
      Pete Postlethwaite                        Father Laurence
      Paul Stephen Rudd                         Dave Paris
      Paul Sorvino                              Fulgencio Capulet
      Diane Venora                              Gloria Capulet
      M. Emmet Walsh                            Apothecary
 

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