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Re: Helpmann's Tempest and Sh. Films
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.0854  Thursday, 17 September 1998.

[1]     From:   Hugh H. Davis <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 16 Sep 1998 09:43:19 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0850  Re: Robert Helpmann's Tempest

[2]     From:   Peter Greenfield <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 16 Sep 1998 12:03:34 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0850  Re: Robert Helpmann's Tempest

[3]     From:   Fran Barasch <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 16 Sep 1998 15:49:54 EDT
        Subj:   Re: Mike Jensen SHK 9.0850  Re: Robert Helpmann's Tempest

[4]     From:   William Kemp <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 16 Sep 1998 22:01:16 -0400
        Subj:   Shakespeare Movies


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From:           Hugh H. Davis <
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Date:           Wednesday, 16 Sep 1998 09:43:19 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 9.0850  Re: Robert Helpmann's Tempest
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0850  Re: Robert Helpmann's Tempest

Mike Jensen wrote about Welles' Merchant film.  I too have the
Bogdanovitch book, but it's not handy at the moment, so this will also
be from memory.  As I recall, the information depends on whom you ask.
Welles had plans for both Merchant and Lear, but he didn't complete
either, so far as I recall.  I thought his Lear footage was stolen (or
rather a reel of it), and he never replaced it.  It seems some catalog
was offering the footage that did exist a few years ago.

The Merchant, so far as I know, was to have been longer, but Welles only
made a sort of test film (perhaps the 45 minutes Mike refers to).  A
special on Welles about 2 years ago used excerpts from it.

Hugh Davis

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From:           Peter Greenfield <
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Date:           Wednesday, 16 Sep 1998 12:03:34 -0700
Subject: 9.0850  Re: Robert Helpmann's Tempest
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0850  Re: Robert Helpmann's Tempest

Could the Robert Helpmann "Tempest" have been the ballet version
broadcast by PBS several years ago?  I can't remember whether Helpmann
was the choreographer in that case, but certainly he choreographed
"Hamlet" for the Royal Ballet.

        Peter Greenfield
        University of Puget Sound

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From:           Fran Barasch <
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Date:           Wednesday, 16 Sep 1998 15:49:54 EDT
Subject: Jensen SHK 9.0850  Re: Robert Helpmann's Tempest
Comment:        Re: Mike Jensen SHK 9.0850  Re: Robert Helpmann's Tempest

For Mike Jensen: have looked through The Shakespeare on Film Newsletter,
which Ken Rothwell and Bernice Kliman published before turning it over
to Shakespeare Bulletin.  The issues go back to the 70s.  You may find
something you need there.  Ask June Schleuter what's available to you.
email: 
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Good Luck, Fran Barasch

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From:           William Kemp <
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Date:           Wednesday, 16 Sep 1998 22:01:16 -0400
Subject:        Shakespeare Movies

The web address for the upcoming movie based the early years of
Elizabeth's reign is

    http://www.reellife.com/elizabethi_tease.html

but it offers little -- a few small pictures, a pr department plot
summary, and the names of some actors.

The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) lists 344 Shakespeare films. Go to

    http://us.imdb.com/

choose 'search for name' in the upper left corner of the screen, enter
'shakespeare' and wait.

Or you can go to the Shakespeare links page in my web site at

    http://www.mwc.edu/~wkemp/shakespeare/Shakespeare_Links.html

for a link to the IMDb.

A Colin Firth fan site at

    http://www.geocities.com/Hollywood/Cinema/1280/sil.html

contains a summary of *Shakespeare in Love* along with some stills
(apparently frame captures from a TV talkshow promo visit). The plot
seems pretty silly-Viola, a lady in waiting to Elizabeth, longs to act
and dresses as as man to wander the streets; Shakespeare gets into "many
swordfights" with her husband the Earl of Wessex (!). At least (or
almost) as silly as a Shakespeare comedy. Gweneth Paltrowe is Viola,
Colin Firth is Wessex, and Ralph Fiennes is Shakespeare. The costumes
are very pretty.

Bill Kemp
Mary Washington College
Fredericksburg, Va.
 

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