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Re: Branagh Interview; Midwinter's Tale
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, SHK 8.0117.  Friday, 24 January 1997.

(1)     From:   Cary M. Mazer <
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        Date:   Thursday, 23 Jan 1997 10:22:45 -0500
        Subj:   Branagh Interview

(2)     From:   Thomas Bishop <
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        Date:   Thursday, 23 Jan 1997 15:29:15 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.0110  Re: Midwinter's Tale


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Friends,

I have an interview with Kenneth Branagh in this week's Philadelphia City Paper
(for which I am theatre critic).  If you're interested, you can read it on the
on-line edition of the paper  (the interview is at
http://www.citypaper.net/rad/articles/article009.html#story1; the review is at
http://www.citypaper.net/rad/articles/article010.html#story1) through next
Wednesday, January 29.  After that, it can be accessed (without the
photographs) through the index of my theatre reviews at my web site:
http://www.english.upenn.edu/~cmazer/cp.html.

Cary

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From:           Thomas Bishop <
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Date:           Thursday, 23 Jan 1997 15:29:15 -0500
Subject: 8.0110  Re: Midwinter's Tale
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0110  Re: Midwinter's Tale

Richard Burt comments of Branagh's films:

>It's worth noting that there is a gay character who plays the "Queen." The
>director says that Shakespeare was probably bi.  Also, the central chacracter
>of Brangh's comedy _Peter's Friends_ turns out to be gay and has AIDS.  There
>also some gay moments in Branagh's performances of Henry V (the traitors,
>especially Scroop) and Iago (he has anal sex with Emilia after she gives him
>the handerkerchief).

A ticklish business this, no doubt, but just what -is- it that makes for the
inclusion of Iago's sexual attentions to Emilia in the above list?  I dont
recall the moment in the film well enough to know just how explicit this was --
anal sex as opposed to, say, intercourse "like the clean beasts, embracing fom
behind" as A.D. Hope says. But even if it was very explicit, does this generate
an assumption that it can therefore be placed in a list of "gay-related"
moments in recent Shakespeare films?  I'm a little troubled by what's implicit
here.

Tom
 

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