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Re: BBC Don John
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0733  Saturday, 24 April 1999.

[1]     From:   Mike Jensen <
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        Date:   Friday, 23 Apr 1999 09:59:27 -0700
        Subj:   SHK 10.0721 Re: Keanu Does Shakespeare

[2]     From:   Patricia Cooke <
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        Date:   Saturday, 24 Apr 1999 08:00:34 +1200
        Subj:   Keanu and Don John


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From:           Mike Jensen <
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Date:           Friday, 23 Apr 1999 09:59:27 -0700
Subject: Re: Keanu Does Shakespeare
Comment:        SHK 10.0721 Re: Keanu Does Shakespeare

To Moira Russell:

The BBC Television Shakespeare, all 36 productions, are available in
America from The Writing Company.  They have a website, though I did not
bookmark the webaddress.  They are dear, just a few pennies under $100.

There isn't a lot available on the production.  The BBC did publish the
script with intro essays, and that is worth seeking out.  Back issues on
Shakespeare on Film Newsletter discuss it.  These are available through
Shakespeare Bulletin/Lafayette College/Easton, PA USA 18042.

If memory serves, Susan Willis' wonderful book on the series does not
dwell on it much.  I don't remember if Coursen or Cowell do in any of
their books.  It is worth checking.

BTW, not all Shakespeare's bastards are villains.  Don't forget the
Bastard in King John.

Best,
mj

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From:           Patricia Cooke <
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Date:           Saturday, 24 Apr 1999 08:00:34 +1200
Subject:        Keanu and Don John

For Moira Russell - The actor who played Don John is called Vernon
Dobtcheff and the production is the BBC Shakespeare series produced by
Shaun Sutton.  Since telling Mike Jensen this, I have watched it again
and think Dobtcheff was excellent in the role, something I had not
noticed at first.  Silent, sour-looking and dressed in black, he had
spoil-sport written all over him.  BBC Shakespeare videos are available
still, as far as I know, from the BBC in London (Bush House).  Can't
really remember Keanu Reeves much in the film, too busy enjoying most of
the rest of it.

Patricia Cooke, Secretary & Editor
Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand Inc
97 Elizabeth Street Wellington 6001 New Zealand PH/FAX 64 4 3856743
 

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