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Re: Shakespeare in Love
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0275  Wednesday, 17 February 1999.

[1]     From:   Robin Hamilton <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 16 Feb 1999 15:42:48 -0000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0266 Re: Shakespeare in Love

[2]     From:   Melissa Cook <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 16 Feb 1999 10:54:11 -0800 (PST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0266 Re: Shakespeare in Love

[3]     From:   Bruce Young <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 16 Feb 1999 13:36:55 +0000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0266 Re: Shakespeare in Love


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From:           Robin Hamilton <
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Date:           Tuesday, 16 Feb 1999 15:42:48 -0000
Subject: 10.0266 Re: Shakespeare in Love
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0266 Re: Shakespeare in Love

>The point isn't whether Stoppard has a "right to be proud," but whether
>credit was given where it was due, and more important to most of us than
>credit, I suspect, points and royalties. As one who has suffered from a
>similar ripoff, I hope the authors sock it to them, and sock it to them
>good! What jury could ignore the obvious similarities between the two
>stories. "Of no use," indeed!
>Stephanie Hughes

I sympathise and agree (but copyright in ideas as opposed to form of
words is tricky-Larry?  Comment?), but No Bed For Bacon was published in
1941, so it may be technically out of copyright.

Robin Hamilton

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Date:           Tuesday, 16 Feb 1999 10:54:11 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 10.0266 Re: Shakespeare in Love
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0266 Re: Shakespeare in Love

>I haven't seen the film yet, but read a review which gave a line
>from a boatman (echoing the traditional taxi-driver).
>"I had that Marlowe in the back of my boat once".

>I don't know how the line is delivered in the film, but might this be
>the pun that Hardy was looking for?

No I don't think so.  The line was delivered as yet another pun on the
Marlowe-Shakespeare rivalry.  The boatman recognizes him as an actor
while he is trying to chase down Vioa/Thomas and says it in a boasting
sort of "I know someone famous" manner.

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Date:           Tuesday, 16 Feb 1999 13:36:55 +0000
Subject: 10.0266 Re: Shakespeare in Love
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0266 Re: Shakespeare in Love

A couple of recent postings have discussed possible (unacknowledged)
sources for "Shakespeare in Love."  I would add one more: a play titled
"March Tale" by Tim Slover, a young playwright and theater professor at
Brigham Young University.  The play was performed here in 1995.  From
what I've heard, Slover sent a copy of the script to the producer of
both "Shakespeare in Love" and the film on Queen Elizabeth and then was
surprised to find elements from his script in both films.  As far as I
know, the news and entertainment magazines haven't gotten wind of this
possible rip-off, but since we have students and others here connected
with the entertainment industry, word may get out soon.

Slover has written an even better play on George Frederick Handel ("A
Joyful Noise"), that he hopes to have produced as a film.  Some of us
who know him are hoping that maybe a settlement with the "Shakespeare in
Love" people can help him fund that project.  But from what has been
said already about getting credit and winning suits, it sounds as if
this may be a long shot.
 

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