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Re: Macbeth on Video
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.0656  Wednesday, 15 July 1998.

[1]     From:   Evelyn Gajowski <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 14 Jul 1998 10:45:37 -0700 (PDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0647  Q: Macbeth on Video

[2]     From:   Tim Richards <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 15 Jul 1998 09:43:33 +1000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0649  Re: Macbeth on Video


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From:           Evelyn Gajowski <
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Date:           Tuesday, 14 Jul 1998 10:45:37 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 9.0647  Q: Macbeth on Video
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0647  Q: Macbeth on Video

To Thelma English:

I recommend the Trevor Nunn/Philip Casson 1979 video of *Macbeth*,
starring Ian McKellen and Judi Dench, particularly if you are interested
in something other than "a filmed play."  Visually minimalist and
stylistically ritualistic, it is based on a 1976 RSC theatrical
production at The Other Place.  The acting is uniformly excellent.
Camerawork rhythms emphasize emotional rhythms.  Bulman's/Coursen's
*Shakespeare on Television* includes a reprint of Michael Mullin's *SQ*
essay, as well as some excerpts of reviews.

Evelyn Gajowski
University of Nevada, Las Vegas

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From:           Tim Richards <
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Date:           Wednesday, 15 Jul 1998 09:43:33 +1000
Subject: 9.0649  Re: Macbeth on Video
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0649  Re: Macbeth on Video

John Ramsay wrote:

>* I believe there is a version with Nicol Williamson that is quite good.
>I have not seen it but some of my students rented it and preferred it to
>Polansky's.

No, no, no, it's appalling - the slowest and most miscast version of
Macbeth I've ever seen.  How anyone could prefer it to Polanski's
atmospheric work is beyond me.  Your students must have been pulling
your leg...

Tim Richards
 

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