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Re: My Own Private Idaho
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0647  Sunday, 11 April 1999.

[1]     From:   Annalisa Castaldo <
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        Date:   Thursday, 8 Apr 1999 10:05:04 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0640 Re: My Own Private Idaho

[2]     From:   Michael Yogev <
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        Date:   Thursday, 08 Apr 1999 23:41:51 +0300
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0640 Re: My Own Private Idaho

[3]     From:   Richard A Burt <
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        Date:   Friday, 09 Apr 1999 00:09:57 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0640 Re: My Own Private Idaho


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From:           Annalisa Castaldo <
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Date:           Thursday, 8 Apr 1999 10:05:04 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 10.0640 Re: My Own Private Idaho
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0640 Re: My Own Private Idaho

Actually, the River Phoenix character isn't Falstaff, but Poins.  There
is a Falstaff (called Bob, if I remember correctly), who is
appropriately large.

I find MOPI a fascinating piece for Shakespeareans; the material from
Henry IV is completely undigested, apparently deliberately so.  However,
I don't feel it works as a film, without a fairly in-depth knowledge of
the Henry IV plays (or at least Chimes at Midnight).

Annalisa Castaldo

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From:           Michael Yogev <
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Date:           Thursday, 08 Apr 1999 23:41:51 +0300
Subject: 10.0640 Re: My Own Private Idaho
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0640 Re: My Own Private Idaho

Bravo, Moira Russell!  Finally someone else who thought the film an
inept attempt to modernize and make 1H4 somehow "contemporary".  The
narcoleptic River Phoenix might have been any one of the so-called minor
characters of Shakespeare's play (including the drawers with whom the
Prince gets so gloriously drunk), but about all I liked in the film was
my sense of Dennis Hopper's character as the only Falstaff walking
around in that red-washed haze the filmmakers think is "atmosphere".

Michael Yogev
Department of English
University of Haifa

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From:           Richard A Burt <
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Date:           Friday, 09 Apr 1999 00:09:57 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 10.0640 Re: My Own Private Idaho
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0640 Re: My Own Private Idaho

_My Own Private Idaho_ is a GREAT movie.  There's an excellent essay on
it in _Shakespeare the Movie_ by Sue Wiseman.
 

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