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Re: *Twelfth Night*; McKellan Tape
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.1262.  Monday, 29 December 1997.

[1]     From:   Andrew Walker White <
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        Date:   Friday, 26 Dec 1997 10:51:32 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.1258  *Twelfth Night*

[2]     From:   Virginia Byrne <
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        Date:   Saturday, 27 Dec 1997 01:02:12 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.1255  Re: Ian McKellan Tape


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From:           Andrew Walker White <
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Date:           Friday, 26 Dec 1997 10:51:32 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 8.1258  *Twelfth Night*
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.1258  *Twelfth Night*

As for the film Twelfth Night, the Washington Shakespeare Company (not
to be confused with the Shakespeare Theatre, where presides Michael
Kahn) had a forum on Shakespeare on Film and there was some criticism of
the darkness of Sir Peter Hall's treatment.  Sir Toby was intended to be
funny, and adding the menacing (albeit realistic) undertones of a very
unfunny punch-drunk drained the laughter out of much of his antics.  The
tone he set made it very difficult for Sir Andrew (love Richard Grant,
by the way) to be regarded as more than a pathetic tool.

The saving grace, it seemed to me, was the recognition scene.  Staging,
let alone writing scenes of recognition is a high art, going back to the
Greeks who first perfected them, and I thought this one was a miracle to
watch.  In order for that scene to function as more than just a wrap-up
to the comic action, there has to be a darker atmosphere surrounding the
play, and Sir Peter managed to pull that last scene off amazingly well.

It brought tears to my eyes, I'll say that much, and I'm not a soft
touch.

Cheers,
Andy White
Arlington, VA

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From:           Virginia Byrne <
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Date:           Saturday, 27 Dec 1997 01:02:12 EST
Subject: 8.1255  Re: Ian McKellan Tape
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.1255  Re: Ian McKellan Tape

Thank you, Peggy O'Brien and Happy New Year. I await the address!!!!
 

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