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Re: Films and Videos
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.0616  Friday, 3 July 1998.

[1]     From:   Kenneth S. Rothwell <
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        Date:   Thursday, 2 Jul 1998 09:22:57 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0613  Re: MND Films

[2]     From:   Tanya Gough <
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        Date:   Thursday, 2 Jul 1998 09:25:26 -0400
        Subj:   Re: TMW films

[3]     From:   Mike Jensen <
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        Date:   Thursday, 02 Jul 1998 10:20:59 -0700
        Subj:   SHK 9.0613  Re: MND Films


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From:           Kenneth S. Rothwell <
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Date:           Thursday, 2 Jul 1998 09:22:57 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 9.0613  Re: MND Films
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0613  Re: MND Films

Dear Colleagues,

I meant to refer to the Adrian Noble 1996 MND, not Trevor Nunn's, in
yesterday's posting. Richard Burt is correct. Please forgive the lapse.

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From:           Tanya Gough <
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Date:           Thursday, 2 Jul 1998 09:25:26 -0400
Subject:        Re: TMW films

Ken Rothwell asks why TMW calls its Shakespeare Collection "new".  Well,
to paraphrase the 80's comedian Emo Phillips when describing his
underwear, it is new -  to them.  As far as I can tell, this particular
branch of TMW is quite new at marketing this series and took a few hard
falls when they discovered that standard aggressive marketing techniques
don't work in educational or academic areas.  Be that as it may, the
series does seem to have it's relative merits, not the least being the
fact that they have the only extant Richard II and Merry Wives available
outside the BBC, and problems, depending on your production
preferences.

Tanya

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From:           Mike Jensen <
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Date:           Thursday, 02 Jul 1998 10:20:59 -0700
Subject: Re: MND Films -Reply
Comment:        SHK 9.0613  Re: MND Films -Reply

Just a bit of background on why Adrian Noble's Dream was not
commercially screened in America.  I understand that Miramax signed a
distribution agreement to exhibit the film in the US.  When other
Shakespeare film's earnings did not match expectations, and Dream was
slammed by critics in the UK, Miramax felt they would lose money after
advertising costs.  They shelved the film.

With the new Dream having a 1999 release date, and a starry cast,
Noble's has no chance for distribution.  I would not be surprised to see
at available on video in the US around the time the new film is
released.  I have no inside knowledge here, but have observed this with
other remakes several times in the past.

Mike Jensen
 

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