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Re: Non-Shakespearean Videos
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, SHK 8.0089.  Tuesday, 21 January 1997.

(1)     From:   Mark Mann <
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        Date:   Sunday, 19 Jan 1997 02:48:21 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.0058 Re: Non-Shakespearean Videos

(2)     From:   Fran Teague <
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        Date:   Sunday, 19 Jan 97 13:46:05 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.0080  Re: Shakespearean and Non-Shakespearean Videos


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From:           Mark Mann <
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Date:           Sunday, 19 Jan 1997 02:48:21 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 8.0058 Re: Non-Shakespearean Videos
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0058 Re: Non-Shakespearean Videos

About a year ago, the cable channel Bravo aired an excellent adaptation of "
The Changling", starring Elizabeth McGovern, Bob Hoskins, and Hugh Grant. One
can write to Bravo for info regarding access to these videos, or so I've heard.
" The Changling" is a tad beyond Shakespeare's day, but still worth viewing.
Also, somewhat less worth viewing, is Richard Burton's " Dr. Faustus" which is
available in every video store and library. It stars Burton as the Dr., and Liz
Taylor, as Helen, and the rest of the cast are Oxford students, who supported
Burton/Taylor when they went to Oxford to perform a limited run of the Marlowe
piece. It's worth seeing only for Burton's beautiful delivery of Marlowe's
mighty lines, especially the thrilling final speech.

Cheers,
Mark Mann

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Date:           Sunday, 19 Jan 97 13:46:05 EST
Subject: 8.0080  Re: Shakespearean and Non-Shakespearean Videos
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0080  Re: Shakespearean and Non-Shakespearean Videos

With regard to videos and films that are analogues to Shakespeare's plays: I've
recently heard that the film _Strange Brew_ is an analogue to _Hamlet_.
Unfortunately my local video store hasn't got it, so I can't check this one
out. Can someone who has seen it, tell me if this identification's true?
Here's what little I know about the film:

_Strange Brew_ is the story of beer-loving Doug and Bob Mackensie (characters
from the Second City TV series) who are supposed to be parallel to Rosencrantz
and Guildenstern. They go to visit a friend whose father has died and whose
uncle has seized the family kingdom, a brewery. (Here in the college town of
Athens, GA. everyone who has heard of this film says it's a cult classic for
beer-drinking undergraduates, and I get blank looks if I mention _Hamlet_.)

Fran Teague
 

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