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Re: Art; BBC Videos
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.0801  Sunday, 6 September 1998.

[1]     From:   Peter Ahrens <
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        Date:   Friday, 04 Sep 1998 18:13:59 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0792 Qs: Lincoln Center TN; Age of Consent; Poison

[2]     From:   Marilyn Bonomi <
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        Date:   Saturday, 05 Sep 1998 10:06:59 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK BBC fillms


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From:           Peter Ahrens <
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Date:           Friday, 04 Sep 1998 18:13:59 -0700
Subject: 9.0792 Qs: Lincoln Center TN; Age of Consent; Poison
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0792 Qs: Lincoln Center TN; Age of Consent; Poison

My Dear Louis and Correspondents,

Louis Swilley wrote:

> It is as though our society has no longer any patience with - nor do
> we search for - a *philosophical* center and significance  of a work of art.
> Art for us has become merely entertainment.

What about the Elizabethan bumpkins in the cheap seats at the Globe?
Why did The Bard write comedy?

When you say "nor we search" I cannot find the "we."

I search.  You search.

If you mean to say that our breakneck future bent nation, and our
rapidly mutating civilization, may be losing touch with the Renaissance
aesthetic sense and the worldview which engendered the Age of
Enlightenment, I would suggest that it is the very nature of the
American to step away from the past, even the best of the past. The
First White American Jefferson understood this and intended it to
happen: he couldn't free the upstairs slave he was bopping, but he had
the confidence in his vision of America to know we would.  But this does
not betray the American aesthetic sense, which is boundless.  Hit or
miss, yes, but boundless!  That traditions are sometimes prematurely
laid aside is lamentable, but we have only so many neurons.

If we see Art, if our internal state resonates with the internal state
of the artist through our sensory appreciation of his work, we do see
the philosophical center and significance of the work of art.  We
identify such an experience today as Art.  Man probably acquired this
capability very early (he left evidence of it in his cave wall
paintings), perhaps before, or with, language; it may be one of the
chief reasons he uses language.  If it is true that not every man
possesses this capability to the same refined degree, then we can only
hope he laughs or cries because his wife will scorn him for his
insensitivity if he does not.

Is art any less Art if it is way cool?

Your Humble Student,
Peter

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From:           Marilyn Bonomi <
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Date:           Saturday, 05 Sep 1998 10:06:59 -0400
Subject: BBC fillms
Comment:        Re: SHK BBC fillms

For those looking for sources of Shakespeare on video, here's another
possibility:

Filmic Archives
The Cinema Center
Botsford CT  06404-0386

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www.filmicarchives.com

They have 37 BBC videos (at $99.95), an assortment of other titles
running from the Oliviers to the Branaghs to the great teaching videos
on Shakespeare.

They also have a LOT of other teachable titles, though they don't have
the only one I currently need (b/c someone trashed the school copy):
_The Caine Mutiny_ (in which, to me, there have always been
Shakespearean echoes).

I know NOTHING about them  (odd, given that I *live* in CT!) but thought
I'd pass them along.  The catalog includes the statement that they'll
try to get a title you want if it isn't in the catalog.

Marilyn Bonomi
 

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