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Re: MND Films
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.0613  Thursday, 2 July 1998.

[1]     From:   Kenneth S. Rothwell <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 1 Jul 1998 15:22:05 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0611  MND Films

[2]     From:   Richard A Burt <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 01 Jul 1998 16:09:06 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0611  MND Films

[3]     From:   Steve Neville <
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        Date:   Thursday, 2 Jul 1998 06:18:08 +0100
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From:           Kenneth S. Rothwell <
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Date:           Wednesday, 1 Jul 1998 15:22:05 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 9.0611  MND Films
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0611  MND Films

Dear Hilary Zunin,

The Trevor Nunn MND I think you are referring to was exhibited in the
U.K. where it had some kind of shelf life but I 'm not certain it has
ever been screened commercially in North America. There is a review by
Mark Sinker in Sight and Sound 7.1. (Jan.1997), 41, which
calls it "fitfully engaging at best." On a slightly different note, the
TMW Group videos recently advertised on this list as "new"  might call
for a re-definition of the adjective "new." We were reviewing some of
them in the Shakespeare on Film Newsletter at least a decade ago, my own
favorable review of the Richard II having appeared in the Dec. 1987
issue, p.4. Ann Cook's review in the same issue of Othello was more
guarded. To most of us the concept of putting American soap opera actors
familiar to our students into Shakespearean roles as a de-mystifying
ploy, had some merit. In 1988 (13.1) Herbert Coursen described the
Macbeth as a "deed without a name" but June Schlueter found grounds for
defending it. And so it went, but unless this is some wholly new series,
though the cast lists seem identical, I don't understand why it is being
marketed as "new."

Ken Rothwell

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From:           Richard A Burt <
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Date:           Wednesday, 01 Jul 1998 16:09:06 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 9.0611  MND Films
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0611  MND Films

Adrian Noble's version was released in the U.K. in 1996.  It is out on
video there.  The film never made it to the U.S. as far as I know and
the video isn't available here either.

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From:           Steve Neville <
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Date:           Thursday, 2 Jul 1998 06:18:08 +0100
Subject: 9.0611  MND Films
Comment:        RE: SHK 9.0611  MND Films

The film based on the RSC production of Midsummer Night's Dream got
made. Unfortunately. The RSC production was brilliant. The film not.

Steve Neville
 

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