The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.2050 Monday, 22 November 1999.
From: Stefan Kirby <
Date: Saturday, 20 Nov 1999 02:22:12 -0800
Subject: He says 'sword', but holds a gun that only says 'sword' on it
Mary Jane Miller wrote:
> If I had a young teenager who hated Shakespeare I'd sit him/her down
> with Branagh's Henry V or Much Ado- or if really, really stuck,
> DiCaprio's Romeo.
UAARRGH! That DiCaprio R&J was hands down one of the worst films I have
ever had the displeasure to sit through, Shakespeare or no. This is no
way to introduce teens to Shakespeare. Or anyone else, for that matter.
I could have been happy to spend the rest of my life having expurgated
the memory of it from my mind, yet here I sit, having been reminded all
over again. I shall have nightmares tonight. The only redeeming element
was Pete Posthlewaite's (sp?) performance as the Friar, but then, I
suppose he was the only cast member who actually understood what his