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Re: Parallel Scenes (and "My Own Private Idaho")
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, SHK 8.0195.  Wednesday, 12 February 1997.

(1)     From:   Annalisa Castaldo <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 11 Feb 1997 11:43:33 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.0185 Re: Parallel Scenes

(2)     From:   Matthew Bibb <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 11 Feb 97 09:59:38 PST
        Subj:   Parallel Scenes

(3)     From:   Walter Cannon <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 11 Feb 1997 11:08:44 -0600 (CST)
        Subj:   RE: SHK 8.0185  Re: Parallel Scenes

(4)     From:   Hugh Davis <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 12 Feb 1997 00:02:00 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.0185  Re: Parallel Scenes


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From:           Annalisa Castaldo <
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Date:           Tuesday, 11 Feb 1997 11:43:33 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 8.0185 Re: Parallel Scenes
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0185 Re: Parallel Scenes

I have never heard of "My Own Private Idaho" as an update of RIII; I have
always considered it an updating (at least in part) of HIV, part I. The movie
actually slips into Shakespearean language at some points. You might also
consider Greenaway's "Tempest" (not technically an adaptation but radically
different). There is also a gravedigger scene in "LA Story" which is very
funny.

Annalisa Castaldo
Temple University

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From:           Matthew Bibb <
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Date:           Tuesday, 11 Feb 97 09:59:38 PST
Subject:        Parallel Scenes

Brad Morris suggests that "My Own Private Idaho" is an update of R3. The
parallels in the film are much stronger to Henry IV, especially (but not
exclusively) Part 1.

     Matt Bibb
     UCLA Shakespeare Reading and Performance Group

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From:           Walter Cannon <
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Date:           Tuesday, 11 Feb 1997 11:08:44 -0600 (CST)
Subject: 8.0185  Re: Parallel Scenes
Comment:        RE: SHK 8.0185  Re: Parallel Scenes

You might look at "L A Story" and the gravedigger scene from Hamlet.  Also,
check "My Own Private Idaho" and Henry IV, Part 1 especially the Gadshill
scene.

Walter Cannon

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From:           Hugh Davis <
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Date:           Wednesday, 12 Feb 1997 00:02:00 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 8.0185  Re: Parallel Scenes
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0185  Re: Parallel Scenes

>I can't call up correlating scenes at the moment, but Gus Van Zant's "My Own
>Private Idaho" is for all intents and purposes a modern update of R3, only its
>narcolepsy instead of scoleosis. It's a fine film, despite the presence of
>Keanu Reeves. A little wierd, but good.
>
> Brad

Are you talking about Richard II or Richard III?  I can see the connection with
Richard II, with Mike rejected by the new regime as R2 was, and I'd like to
hear you elaborate on this.  The R3 connection doesn't seem so obvious to me,
however.  What do you suggest?

--Hugh Davis
 

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