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Re: Shakespeare and Popular Culture
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, SHK 8.0053.  Tuesday, 14 January 1997.

From:           Richard A. Burt <
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Date:           Monday, 13 Jan 1997 13:59:51 -0500 (EST)
Subject:        [Shakespeare and Popular Culture]

A wide range of films and television programs using Shakespeare are discussed
in an anthology Lynda Boose and I have co-edited entitled _Shakespeare, the
Movie:  Popularizing the Plays on Film, TV, and Video_. It is due out from
Routledge this September.

By the way Falstaff beer makes an appearance in My Own Private Idaho (Scott
Favor / Hal drinks it).  The dog Wishbone plays Romeo in the Romeo and Juliet.

There is a Columbo episode involving Macbeth, a Brady Bunch about Romeo and
Juliet, a Gilligan's Island in which the crew produces "Hamlet, the Musical," a
Beverly Hills, 90210 with a brief part of the balcony scene played
cross-dressed, and a Family Matters and Martin also using Romeo and Juliet
(always the balcony scene).

I am presently writing about some of these episodes and a number of films
drawing on film theory and queer theory  in a book entitled _Unspeakable
Shakespeares:  Disonant Re-Mixes, Queerer FX_.
 

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