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Re: Tromeo and Juliet
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.0790.  Saturday, 26 July 1997.

From:           Tanya Gough <
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Date:           Tuesday, 22 Jul 1997 09:27:39 -0400
Subject:        Tromeo and Juliet

>...believe me I'm
>not a prude...but didn't you think this was a disgusting film?  The
>nurse sleeping with Juliet?

Ok, so the film isn't for everyone.  But I am concerned about the
assumption that the film is worthless simply because it is not suitable
for classroom viewing.  Troma Films have mastered the art of
pre-pubescent male-fantasy driven exploitation, and *Tromeo* is not
intended to be viewed as anything other than shlock horror, with a
excessive dose of gratuitous sex and violence.  Yes, the film is
disgusting.  But that's the point.  Adapting anything well known into
another genre affects the integrity of the original, so within the
context of the film, having the nurse sleep with Juliet makes perfect
sense.  I would hate to think that Polanski's *Macbeth* should be
stricken from the shelves (think about the blood and the nude-Lady
Macbeth scene! gracious me!)  or that Peter Hall's *Midsummer's Night
Dream* be considered unappropriate because Judi Dench is dressed only in
green paint and Edenic leaves.  I would much rather have Zeffirelli's
Hamlet destroyed for its pointless butchering of the text and ridiculous
staging (dueling with broadswords?!?!?!?) which contribute nothing to
either text or genre. I wouldn't show the erotic version of Hamlet to a
class, either, but that doesn't stop me from finding the entire concept
hysterically funny.  To each his own.
 

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