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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.2126  Friday, 3 December 1999.

[1]     From:   Dana Shilling <
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        Date:   Thursday, 2 Dec 1999 11:06:46 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.2113 More Shakespeare References

[2]     From:   John Velz <
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        Date:   Friday, 03 Dec 1999 02:25:30 -0600
        Subj:   More Shakespeare References


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From:           Dana Shilling <
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Date:           Thursday, 2 Dec 1999 11:06:46 -0500
Subject: 10.2113 More Shakespeare References
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.2113 More Shakespeare References

Most of the pop culture references name-check either Hamlet or
R&J-which, in a sense, metonymize (is that a verb?) Shakespeare and
therefore stand for Culture.

It's interesting that Hamlet and Juliet are perhaps the only two
characters in the canon who have a "uniform"-Hamlet's black doublet and
tights, white shirt, and Big Gold (suitable for hanging miniature
portraits); skull optional for still photos; and Juliet's crocheted
mini- or micro-snood.  For example, if you decided to go to a costume
party as Hotspur or Beatrice or Falstaff or Lady Macbeth, you'd have to
do a lot of explaining. If there were such a thing as a Listserv costume
party, we would all be familiar with the characters, but would probably
disagree about their appearance and wardrobe.

I'll be the one in the bear suit,
Dana (Shilling)

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From:           John Velz <
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Date:           Friday, 03 Dec 1999 02:25:30 -0600
Subject:        More Shakespeare References

In a film titled "To Be or Not To Be" Mel Brooks plays a ham Polish (not
Polish ham!) actor who loves to do highlights from Hamlet.  When he gets
to the "To be or not to be" soliloquy each night, a young Polish Air
Force officer gets up and pushes his way out of his place in row x (same
seat each night) and slips backstage to pay court to the actor's
flirtatious wife, Ann Bancroft.  In this delicious farce, Shakespeare
gets all mixed up with the Gestapo after Poland is invaded and with the
underground, and there are some improbable escapes and even more
improbable deceptions of the stupid Gestapo.  I first saw the film in
Germany, where it was shown with German subtitles.  The people I watched
with roared with laughter but how much the laughter was at the forced
interp of Hamlet and how much was at the satire of the Gestapo one
cannot say.  The film was shown on satellite t.v. this week past.  A
good farce and worth seeing.

John Velz
 

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