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Re: Parallel Scenes (and "My Own Private Idaho")
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, SHK 8.0205.  Wednesday, 12 February 1997.

(1)     From:   Brad Morris <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 12 Feb 1997 16:22:00 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: Parallel Scenes and "My Own Private Idaho"

(2)     From:   Mark Lawhorn <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 12 Feb 1997 11:40:52 -1000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.0195  Re: Parallel Scenes (and "My Own Private Idaho")

(3)     From:   Virginia M. Byrne <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 12 Feb 1997 18:53:53 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.0185 Re: Parallel Scenes


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From:           Brad Morris <
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Date:           Wednesday, 12 Feb 1997 16:22:00 -0500 (EST)
Subject:        Re: Parallel Scenes and "My Own Private Idaho"

<< 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? >>

Perhaps it's been too long since I saw "Idaho," but I seem to remember the film
opening with River Phoenix suffering a narcoleptic attack in the middle of a
deserted road (or does it begin with Phoenix performing oral sex for money?
Both scenes are close to the top). Anyway, isn't there a voiceover
corresponding to "Now is the winter of our discontent," spoken by a lone
Richard, standing before the audience in all his disfigured, glorious sex
appeal? Or am I on drugs? I need to rent that flick. It's apparently been to
long since I've seen it.

It could be R2. I wasn't as into Shakespeare when I saw "Idaho" these many
years ago. It's just that I seem to remember R3 dialog thrown in during the
scene where Keanu Reeves strolls into the bar with his crew.

Maybe I am on drugs.

Well, I'm on my way to the video store to see if I've gone and made a complete
ass of myself.

Brad

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From:           Mark Lawhorn <
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Date:           Wednesday, 12 Feb 1997 11:40:52 -1000
Subject: 8.0195  Re: Parallel Scenes (and "My Own Private Idaho")
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0195  Re: Parallel Scenes (and "My Own Private Idaho")

Gus Van Sant's film "My Own Private Idaho" clearly adapts much material from
both parts of "Henry IV."  Van Sant also seems to have some fun making
cinematographical allusions to Orson Welles's adaptation,"Falstaff: Chimes at
Midnight."  The Van Sant film develops a homoerotic subtext that occasionally
surfaces in the Henriad.  Consider the page's comment, "As young as I am, I
have observed these three swashers.  I am boy to them all three; but all they
three, though they would serve me, could not be man to me . . ." ("Henry V"
III.ii.28-31).  Though Van Sant does away with the page character, he explores
in interesting ways the community of vagrant youth which was just as strong a
concern in Shakespeare's day as it is now.

Mark H. Lawhorn
UH Manoa

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Date:           Wednesday, 12 Feb 1997 18:53:53 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 8.0185 Re: Parallel Scenes
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0185 Re: Parallel Scenes

Try "Comedy of Errors "and "The Boys from Syracuse."

Try "Voyage to a Forbidden Planet" and "The Tempest" (as well as "Prospero's
Books" and "The Tempest.")

Try" Kiss Me Kate" and "taming of the Shrew."

Try "Lear" and the Japanese movie "Ran."

No "Your Own Thing" was "Two Gentlemen of Verona."
 

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