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Re: Keanu Does Shakespeare
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0739  Saturday, 24 April 1999.

[1]     From:   Moira Russell <
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        Date:   Friday, 23 Apr 1999 08:28:58 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0721 Re: Keanu Does Shakespeare

[2]     From:   Janet Maclellan <
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        Date:   Friday, 23 Apr 1999 15:56:11 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   SHK 10.0721 Re: Keanu Does Shakespeare


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From:           Moira Russell <
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Date:           Friday, 23 Apr 1999 08:28:58 -0700
Subject: 10.0721 Re: Keanu Does Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0721 Re: Keanu Does Shakespeare

My apologies to both Mr. Jensen and Ms. MacLellan-I did not see Mr.
Jensen's apology before writing my own post on the Keanu thread,
although I don't think I specifically said Ms. MacLellan did like his
performance.  Ms. MacLellan, I was intrigued by a comment you made that
Branagh has consistently miscast the clowns in his filmed versions of
the plays.  Could you possibly write a brief elaboration on this?
Apparently, if it was discussed on this list, it was before I joined- if
Hardy or anyone else can give me relevant archive numbers I'll be happy
just to look it up.

Moira Russell
Seattle, WA

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From:           Janet Maclellan <
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Date:           Friday, 23 Apr 1999 15:56:11 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: Keanu Does Shakespeare
Comment:        SHK 10.0721 Re: Keanu Does Shakespeare

Moira Russell quotes Anne Barton re: Don John's being "A plot mechanism
more than a complex character in his own right...a kind of anti-comic
force, the official enemy of all happy endings."

This is dead on. Part of what makes Don John such a challenge to flesh
out is that he's such a pure "blocking" character.

Some time ago on this list, an actress who had played a female version
of Don John shared with us the backstory she had come up with for her
interpretation (including, if I remember correctly, the fact that she
wanted Claudio for herself). This approach to Don John seemed to make
much more sense of his actions-not just because of the power of the
"woman scorned" stereotype, but also because Don John's sabotaging of
the wedding 1) seems a very domestic form of malice (cf. Edmund's
tactics against his hated rival) and 2) obviously hurts Hero more than
Claudio (since the two are not yet married, Claudio's honour is not yet
quite dependent on her faithfulness-cf. the cuckold-anxiety of Othello,
Posthumus, and any number of other married men in Shakespeare).

Janet MacLellan
University of Toronto

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PS to Mike Jensen: My apologies likewise. I didn't mean to sound so
huffy.
 

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