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Re: Shakespeare Related Films
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.06634  Thursday, 15 April 1999.

[1]     From:   Christine Mack Gordon <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 14 Apr 1999 09:34:57 CST6CDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.06632 Re: Shakespeare Related Films

[2]     From:   Karen Peterson-Kranz <
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        Date:   Thu, 15 Apr 1999 08:27:29 +1000
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From:           Christine Mack Gordon <
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Date:           Wednesday, 14 Apr 1999 09:34:57 CST6CDT
Subject: 10.06632 Re: Shakespeare Related Films
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.06632 Re: Shakespeare Related Films

Moira Russell wondered about Keanu Reeves as Hamlet. I saw the
performance and thought he was remarkably good (but then, I tend to like
his film work more than many others). He was a very dynamic prince, and
the scenes in which this was allowed to dominate (the confrontations
with Rosencrantz and Guildensterm, the baiting of Polonius, the scenes
with Ophelia and Gertrude) were particularly good. The soliloquies were
less successful, I thought, but saw this as more the error of the
director: he staged them almost without movement and they seemed "wrong"
in light of the rest of the performance. The production overall was very
good, with the exception of the young woman playing Ophelia, who was
dreadful. I wrote a fuller "review" for this list shortly after I saw
the production; if anyone would like to see it, I'd be happy to email it
off-list.

Chris Gordon

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From:           Karen Peterson-Kranz <
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Date:           Thu, 15 Apr 1999 08:27:29 +1000
Subject: 10.06632 Re: Shakespeare Related Films
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.06632 Re: Shakespeare Related Films

In response to Moira's comments about Keanu Reeves, an anecdotal
response:

When I was teaching high school five years ago, I showed the Branagh
"Much Ado" to a couple of my classes (10th graders).  This was at a time
when Keanu Reeves was more of a teen fave-rave than he is now, and I
thought his presence would intrigue them.  Interestingly, a fair number
of the students commented afterward that (as Moira said) Reeves brooded
well, but that that he made the verse "sound weird."   The rest of the
cast, in their opinion, made the verse sound like "normal" language.
Several also remarked that Keanu Reeves' problem was that he was only
able to play one part: Keanu Reeves.

Cheers,
Karen Peterson-Kranz
University of Guam
 

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