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Re: Shakespeare Films
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.0860  Friday, 18 September 1998.

[1]     From:   Kenneth S. Rothwell <
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        Date:   Thursday, 17 Sep 1998 09:07:45 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0854  Re: Helpmann's Tempest and Sh. Films

[2]     From:   Christine Mack Gordon <
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        Date:   Thursday, 17 Sep 1998 11:47:45 CST6CDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0854  Shakespeare in Love

[3]     From:   Mike Jensen <
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        Date:   Thursday, 17 Sep 1998 09:47:14 -0700
        Subj:   SHK 9.0854  Re: Helpmann's Tempest and Sh. Films -Reply


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From:           Kenneth S. Rothwell <
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Date:           Thursday, 17 Sep 1998 09:07:45 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 9.0854  Re: Helpmann's Tempest and Sh. Films
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0854  Re: Helpmann's Tempest and Sh. Films

Dear Colleagues,

Little wonder that there is so much mystery about the Wellesian
Shakespeare oeuvre. No one besides Michelangelo started and stopped more
projects. So far as his abandoned Shakespeare films are concerned (which
include MV, Lr.[a movie, not the Brook TV version] and a possible role
in the 1970 Burge/Snell JC as Brutus), I have found very useful an
article by Jonathan Rosenbaum, "The Invisible Orson Welles: A First
Inventory," Sight and Sound 55.3 (Summer 1968), 164-71. Therein
Rosenbaum describes the disappearance of the MV film and the role of
Welles's friend, Oja Kodar, in apparently rescuing parts of it.  Some
footage may remain embedded in a Kodar film Jaded (1989).  Lack of
financing, a familiar enough scenario for Welles, sabotaged the making
of King Lear, which he had hoped to make into a new kind of Shakespeare
film. Ken Rothwell

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From:           Christine Mack Gordon <
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Date:           Thursday, 17 Sep 1998 11:47:45 CST6CDT
Subject: 9.0854  Shakespeare in Love
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0854  Shakespeare in Love

Just a small correction to Bill Kemp's post about _Shakespeare in Love_:
it's Joseph Fiennes who's playing Shakespeare in the film; he's Ralph
Fiennes's younger brother and has done quite a bit of stage work with
the RSC.

Chris Gordon

[Editor's Note: MEA CULPA! The fault dear Chris is not with Bill but
with Hardy. I take full responsibility for changing Bill Kemp's Joseph
to Ralph. This was a case of unwarranted editorial intervention. Thanks
for setting the record straight. -Hardy]

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From:           Mike Jensen <
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Date:           Thursday, 17 Sep 1998 09:47:14 -0700
Subject: Re: Helpmann's Tempest and Sh. Films -Reply
Comment:        SHK 9.0854  Re: Helpmann's Tempest and Sh. Films -Reply

The esteemed Hugh Davis and I have clashing memories.  The Orson Welles'
Lear available in catalogs is a TV production directed by Peter Brook!
It was broadcast on Omnibus many, many years ago.  It is not test
footage for a film.  Mr. Welles did want to film Lear, and the last
portion of his life was given to raising backing for it.  Backing never
materialized.  He did leave several scripts for the film, each tailored
to suit different backers.  Wouldn't a comparison of these make for
interesting reading?  Anyone know how to get access to them?

I'm certain that the film taken from Welles' hotel was footage of
Merchant.  What I am not certain about is the length, the year he made
it, and if Welles considered the film finished.  I think I remember 45
minutes, that it was finished, and I haven't a clue about the year, but
those memories are far murkier than the others.

Curious things, memories.

Mike Jensen
 

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