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Re: My Own Private Idaho
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0640  Thursday, 8 April 1999.

[1]     From:   Richard Regan <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 7 Apr 1999 22:39:36 EDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0631 Re: My Own Private Idaho

[2]     From:   Moira Russell <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 07 Apr 1999 22:29:48 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0631 Re: My Own Private Idaho


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From:           Richard Regan <
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Date:           Wednesday, 7 Apr 1999 22:39:36 EDT
Subject: 10.0631 Re: My Own Private Idaho
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0631 Re: My Own Private Idaho

My Private Idaho is truly the story of Poins, played by River Phoenix.

Richard Regan
Fairfield University

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From:           Moira Russell <
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Date:           Wednesday, 07 Apr 1999 22:29:48 -0700
Subject: 10.0631 Re: My Own Private Idaho
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0631 Re: My Own Private Idaho

Mr. Cronin wrote,

>"My Own Private Idaho" is a interesting treatment of Henry IV.  Don't
>miss it.

Just to add the weight to the other balance a bit:  "My Own Private
Idaho" is indeed an, ahem, interesting treatment.  Miss it with all
possible speed.

Seriously, though, for me the attempt to meld 1) the world of two
drifting hustlers in a kind of soft-core "Of Mice and Men" and 2)
Shakespearean scenes played pretty much straight (all puns intended
there) just failed miserably.  For one thing, Keanu Reeves utterly
lacked the chilling sharpness-held-in-reserve, the feeling of someone
who ~could~ be dangerous deliberately reining himself in, I expect out
of any good Prince Hal; and River Phoenix as a ~narcoleptic~
quasi-Falstaff?  Falstaff, narcoleptic?  What is next in the dark and
backward abysm of time that is a Hollywood producer's conference-an
apathetic Othello?  A nine-to-five Macbeth?  An easily distracted
Hamlet?

Moira Russell
Seattle, WA
 

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