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Re: Parallel Scenes; Drab; Branagh's *Ham*; Osric's
Second Mailing of SHK 8.0179

Shakespeare Electronic Conference, SHK 8.0179.  Friday, 7 February 1997.

(1)     From:   Norman J. Myers <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 4 Feb 1997 10:06:38 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.0166   Parallel Scenes

(2)     From:   Paul Worley <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 4 Feb 1997 23:45:31 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.0124 Re: A Very Drab

(3)     From:   Mary Jane Miller <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 5 Feb 1997 11:50:21 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.0168  Re: Branagh's *Hamlet*

(4)     From:   W. L. Godshalk <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 05 Feb 1997 22:03:59 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.0171  Qs: Osric's Eggshell

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From:           Norman J. Myers <
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Date:           Tuesday, 4 Feb 1997 10:06:38 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 8.0166   Parallel Scenes
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0166   Parallel Scenes

>A friend wants to present two parallel scenes at a spring celebration of
>Shakespeare for the entire college community.  One scene would be from a
>Shakepeare play and the very same scene would be from a modern offshoot. . In
>addition to directing student-actors in the two scenes, she would like to show
>screened versions of the two scenes. What won't work are general offshoots that
>do not have a close parallel scene. For the modern scene, she will need a
>script and permission to use it.
>
>One obvious choice would be a scene from *Rom.* and a parallel scene from
>*Westside Story.* Scripts and films are available for both versions. But *Rom*
>and *West-Side Story* may be too familiar for the intended audience.
>
>Her question: what OTHER plays would work?  Are there other "sets" where a Shn
>scene and an offshoot's scene would match? Are scripts available at a
>reasonable cost? Are videotapes available?
>
>If you can suggest not only particular offshoots but also particular scenes,
>that would be very helpful.
>
>Many thanks for your help,
>Bernice W. Kliman

What about Twelfth Night and the rock opera "Your Own Thing" made from it? Also
Two Gentlemen and the rock opera made from it.  Apt to be expensive There's
Macbeth and the gangster movie Men of Respect.

Norman J. Myers, Professor
Bowling Green State University

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From:           Paul Worley <
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Date:           Tuesday, 4 Feb 1997 23:45:31 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 8.0124 Re: A Very Drab
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0124 Re: A Very Drab

<< A woman who talked a lot was usurping  male discursive power, hence one
could extrapolate that she usurped other male  power, like sexual
assertiveness. Peter Stallybrass writes that, "The >>

I know members of the "Christian" church here in Savannah, Ga. 1997 whose
practice is that no women in the congregation pray aloud in the presence of
males.

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From:           Mary Jane Miller <
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Date:           Wednesday, 5 Feb 1997 11:50:21 -0500
Subject: 8.0168  Re: Branagh's *Hamlet*
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0168  Re: Branagh's *Hamlet*

I haven't seen the film but offer a general observation re the music.

We have to fault the producer/director who controls how much music, what kind
of music, how loud and when, not the composer who simply offers what he has to
the sound mix as it proceeds. The producer (almost always) with the director
(sometimes) make this sort of final decision in film and television. Moreover,
the prioducer chooses the composer .

There were times in both Branagh's and Olivier's HV when I wanted the orchestra
to fall silent and the words and actions to do the work - but I fault Branagh
and Olivier not their composers for those moments and I must admit that there
were times when I enjoyed the music in both films. I sometimes play short
extracts from both sound tracks in a class.

Mary Jane Miller,
Brock University,

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From:           W. L. Godshalk <
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Date:           Wednesday, 05 Feb 1997 22:03:59 -0500
Subject: 8.0171  Qs: Osric's Eggshell
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0171  Qs: Osric's Eggshell

 Jameela Ann Lares asks:

>Was there any particular style of hat intended for Osric in _Hamlet_ 5.2?

See Andrew Gurr, <italic>The Shakespearean Stage 1574-1642</italic>, 3rd ed.,
pp. 2-3, with a picture of Giles Brydges wearing "the kind of hat that Osric
flourished" (3). Gurr cites Roy Strong, <italic>The English Ikon</italic>, no.
148.

Yours, Bill Godshalk
 

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