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Re: New Shakespeare Films by Branagh
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.0961  Wednesday, 7 October 1998.

[1]     From:   Sean Lawrence <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 06 Oct 1998 21:05:56 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0944  Re: New Shakespeare Films by Branagh

[2]     From:   Linda Hobbet <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 7 Oct 1998 00:41:15 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0944  Re: New Shakespeare Films by Branagh


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From:           Sean Lawrence <
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Date:           Tuesday, 06 Oct 1998 21:05:56 -0700
Subject: 9.0944  Re: New Shakespeare Films by Branagh
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0944  Re: New Shakespeare Films by Branagh

Tiffany Rasovic wrote:

> Arguably, KB is a great director/adapter/promoter, but let's hope for
> some fresh blood in the leading roles.

I would add that he's also a decent actor, at least on occasion.  He
made a pretty good Henry V, for instance, when he was surrounded by
equally intelligent Shakespearean actors.  Since then, however, he's
surrounded himself with neophytes in order to dominate the filming in
lots of ways and indulge his own narcissism.  Witness Frankenstein.

Then again, the local Shakespeare company seems to have the same problem
of the Artistic Director always casting himself in lead roles.  Maybe
there should be a general moratorium on actors directing and vice-versa
in the same production.

Cheers,
Sean.

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From:           Linda Hobbet <
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Date:           Wednesday, 7 Oct 1998 00:41:15 -0700
Subject: 9.0944  Re: New Shakespeare Films by Branagh
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0944  Re: New Shakespeare Films by Branagh

Tiffany wrote >>> I wonder if anyone else has tired of his predictable
mugging and overblown line readings? <<<

Speaking for myself, not at all.  I love his expressive mug and I think
he speaks the lines as if they just came into his mind.  But then, I'm
an enthusiastic person who has also been accused of overblown line
readings, and I'm not even an actor.  So what seems natural to me, might
not seem that way to some of you.

Linda Hobbet
 

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