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Re: Volpone Video
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 7, No. 0409.  Sunday, 2 June 1996.

(1)     From:   Stephen Orgel <
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        Date:   Saturday, 1 Jun 1996 09:54:32 -0800
        Subj:   Re: SHK 7.0407  Q: Volpone Video

(2)     From:   Douglas M Lanier <
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        Date:   Saturday, 1 Jun 1996 17:21:36 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 7.0407 Q: Volpone Video

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        Date:   Sunday, 2 Jun 1996 12:04:21 +1000
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From:           Stephen Orgel <
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Date:           Saturday, 1 Jun 1996 09:54:32 -0800
Subject: 7.0407  Q: Volpone Video
Comment:        Re: SHK 7.0407  Q: Volpone Video

In reply to Jesus Cora, there is a superb French film of Volpone, with a full
Comedie Francaise cast including the great Louis Jouvet as Mosca and Harry
Bauer as Volpone, made in 1938 or so. This is the Stefan Zweig adaptation
re-adapted by Jules Romains, and it's an absolute knockout. It's available from
Facets in Chicago--or at least it was several years ago.

Stephen Orgel
Department of English
Stanford University

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Date:           Saturday, 1 Jun 1996 17:21:36 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 7.0407 Q: Volpone Video
Comment:        Re: SHK 7.0407 Q: Volpone Video

The only Jonson drama available on video (to my knowledge) is of Volpone, and
in two versions.  There is a French production from 1939, that has a charming
Volpone and adds a prologue to the play;  the video transfers I've seen of this
film, however, are of very poor quality.  And there is Joseph Mankiewicz's free
adaptation of the play, *The Honey Pot* (1967), with Rex Harrison (as Mr. Fox)
and Cliff Robertson (as Mr. McFly); Maggie Smith plays the Celia character.
*The Honey Pot* strays far from the play at the end, but it captures some of
the decadent spirit of Jonson's work.  Both videos were available a while back
from Commedia dell'Arte.

About three years ago, videos were available of Cleveland State's production of
Jonson's *Oberon*.  This was a very enjoyable production of the masque, and the
tape also included some commentary on masquing.

Jonsonians will also be interested to know that *The Spanish Lady*, Elgar's
unfinished opera based upon Jonson's *The Devil is an Ass,* was available as a
bonus CD with a recent issue of *BBC Music Magazine* (volume 4, no. 2).  This
is the only recording of this work.

I hope this is helpful,
Douglas Lanier

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Date:           Sunday, 2 Jun 1996 12:04:21 +1000
Subject:        Re: Volpone Video

I think the B.B.C. may have "The Alchemist" on tape.

A very funny play and an excellent production as I remember.
 

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