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Re: Holinshed's Chronicles; Kurosawa
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.0851  Wednesday, 16 September 1998.

[1]     From:   Steve Urkowitz <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 15 Sep 1998 21:12:35 EDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0825  Holinshed's Chronicles

[2]     From:   Mike Jensen <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 15 Sep 1998 11:01:21 -0700
        Subj:   SHK 9.0840  Re: Kurosawa


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From:           Steve Urkowitz <
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Date:           Tuesday, 15 Sep 1998 21:12:35 EDT
Subject: 9.0825  Holinshed's Chronicles
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0825  Holinshed's Chronicles

Do NOT use the Boswell-Stone version of Holinshed!  It was designed as a
cut-and-paste text to show the sources of specific passages in
Shakespeare.  You can't tell much about the intervening context of the
originals.  What was left out is almost always as interesting as what
was plugged in. There's an Everyman Library text that reprints Boswell
Stone, except that it leaves out most of the spaced periods that
indicated ellipses.  Beware also of the extracts printed in the earlier
Arden editions.   Bullough's NARRATIVE AND DRAMATIC SOURCES . . . does a
better job.  But try to hunt down a facsimile if you are doing any
serious work.  Things like section headings from the chronicles
sometimes appear mysteriously in playscripts, and unless you see the
early documents you can't figure out how they erupt.  (See for example
"His oration to his souldiers" and "His Oration to his army." in RICHARD
III.  and "Three Suns Appear" in the Henry Sixes.)

The real pleasures of those old chronicles as source documents dribble
away when they're presented in bits and snatches.

Good hunting,
Steve Urkowitz

 "Old wood is best to burn
  Old wine to drink
  Old friends to trust
  and old authors to read."

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Date:           Tuesday, 15 Sep 1998 11:01:21 -0700
Subject: Re: Kurosawa
Comment:        SHK 9.0840  Re: Kurosawa

Note to Shakespeareans and Kurosawa fans in the San Francisco Bay Area:

The Stanford Theater in Palo Alto will begin a Kurosawa festival
beginning this Friday 9/18.  Details were not available as of this
morning.

For those who do not know, the director made versions of Hamlet (The Bad
Sleep Well), Macbeth (most often called Throne of Blood in the U.S.),
and King Lear (Ran).  I presume these will be part of the festival.

Personal note: I also recommend Ikuru, one of the most moving movies I
have seen, and High and Low, one of the best crime films I have seen
(you will cheer when you see the one color shot).

I mention these rather than Seven Samurai or Yojimbo because they are so
well known that they don't need help.  Ikuru and High and Low are just
as good.

Hoping I spelled the Japanese words correctly,
Mike Jensen
 

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