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Re: Robert Helpmann's Tempest
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.0850  Wednesday, 16 September 1998.

[1]     From:   Mike Jensen <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 15 Sep 1998 11:25:28 -0700
        Subj:   SHK 9.0844  Q: Robert Helpmann's Tempest?

[2]     From:   Mike Jensen <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 15 Sep 1998 11:37:09 -0700
        Subj:   SHK 9.0844  Q: Robert Helpmann's Tempest?

[3]     From:   Kristen McDermott <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 15 Sep 1998 17:17:31 -0400
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From:           Mike Jensen <
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Date:           Tuesday, 15 Sep 1998 11:25:28 -0700
Subject: Q: Robert Helpmann's Tempest?
Comment:        SHK 9.0844  Q: Robert Helpmann's Tempest?

Hugh H. Davis asked:

> Also, is there any kind of resource on the Shakespearean films that
> could have been?

I hope someone on the list can enlighten us both to a list of  proposed
but unmade films, but in case no one does...

I spent many weeks last year paging through every issue on Shakespeare
Newsletter from the first through 1991.  (I only stopped because the
next volume is missing from Green Library at Stanford.  If you have it,
RETURN IT!)

If memory serves, many film projects were announced in those pages
during the 50s and 60s that were never made.  Some were on your list,
but I THINK there were others as well.  I don't know of a short cut for
finding them, because the index only listed Film and Television for a
short time.  Curses upon you Louis!

Please, someone, inform me how else to look them up in the index. Going
page by page is the only way I could find.

Happy hunting,
Mike Jensen

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From:           Mike Jensen <
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Date:           Tuesday, 15 Sep 1998 11:37:09 -0700
Subject: Q: Robert Helpmann's Tempest?
Comment:        SHK 9.0844  Q: Robert Helpmann's Tempest?

Ah, I should have tacked this onto my other post.

Hugh H. Davis wrote:

> It seems that there have been many high profile ones
> that never made it:  -Hamlet- with either Barrymore or Leslie Howard;
> Olivier's -MacBeth-; Welles' -Merchant- and -Lear-; Michael Powell's
> -Tempest-; Michael Redgrave's -Antony & Cleopatra-.

According to the book of conversations between Peter Bogdonivitch (sp?)
and Orson Welles, a 45 minute film of Merchant was shot.  We are going
by my leaky memory here, so please, anyone,  jump in with corrections.
Welles seemed to consider the film complete.  It was pretty much Orson
as Shylock with other characters.  The only print and negative were
stolen from Welles' hotel room and have never surfaced.

Welles told lots of lies in his life.  One can be forgiven for doubting
this story (especially my memory of it).  Read in context, I think he
was telling the truth.

Sorry, but the book went to a used bookstore a few years ago, so I do
not have the year (c.1992, give or take a year), title, publisher, and
even the spelling of PB's name.

Cheers,
Mike Jensen

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Date:           Tuesday, 15 Sep 1998 17:17:31 -0400
Subject: 9.0844  Qs: Robert Helpmann's Tempest?
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0844  Qs: Robert Helpmann's Tempest?

Hugh Davis was wondering about a "Robert Helpmann" Tempest-he may have
heard about the TV-movie upcoming this fall.  This might be another one
of the Robert Halmi-produced classics (i.e., Gulliver's Travels and The
Odyssey).  The TV-Tempest is reset in the antebellum South.  The current
issue of TV Guide has details.

Kris McDermott
Spelman College
 

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