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Re: Luhrman's R+J
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.2071  Wednesday, 24 November 1999.

[1]     From:   David Kathman <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 23 Nov 1999 09:49:37 -0600
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.2059 Re: Luhrman's R+J

[2]     From:   Hugh Davis <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 23 Nov 1999 10:58:34 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.2059 Re: Luhrman's R+J

[3]     From:   Vince Locke <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 23 Nov 1999 08:24:59 PST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.2059 Re: Luhrman's R+J

[4]     From:   Jim Helsinger <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 23 Nov 1999 22:45:55 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.2050 He says 'sword'


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From:           David Kathman <
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Date:           Tuesday, 23 Nov 1999 09:49:37 -0600
Subject: 10.2059 Re: Luhrman's R+J
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.2059 Re: Luhrman's R+J

Alex Houck wrote:

> Aside from that,
> I found the performance by Chris Tucker as Mercutio as absolutely
> fabulous.

That was not Chris Tucker, but Harold Perrineau.  He also played Ariel
(as a slave) in the recent TV remake of The Tempest.  And he apparently
plays a Chorus in a recent movie called "Macbeth in Manhattan", which I
have not seen.

Dave Kathman

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From:           Hugh Davis <
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Date:           Tuesday, 23 Nov 1999 10:58:34 EST
Subject: 10.2059 Re: Luhrman's R+J
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.2059 Re: Luhrman's R+J

With all respect to Alexander Houck, I believe Mercutio in Baz Luhrman's
film was played by Harold Perrineau, not Chris Tucker (although the idea
of that casting is intriguing).  Mr. Perrineau is quite an accomplished
actor, having appeared in several contemporary dramas.  I did think his
performance was very good.  Listmembers might also be interested that he
was Ariel in the NBC Tempest last year, and he was the Chorus in a 1999
film called MacBeth in Manhattan.

Hugh Davis

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From:           Vince Locke <
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Date:           Tuesday, 23 Nov 1999 08:24:59 PST
Subject: 10.2059 Re: Luhrman's R+J
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.2059 Re: Luhrman's R+J

I have to agree with Stefan that Luhrman's R+J is one of the worst films
I have ever seen (and yes, I do get out a lot and have seen many
films).  My experience was made all the worse by the fact that I had
looked forward to the movie since I first heard about it six months
prior to its release.  I was so disgusted by the opening sequence that I
walked out of the theatre after the first fifteen minutes.  I did not
object to the modernisation of the setting (rather, I thought it was a
good idea) or the casting, and I liked the trailers.  What did me in was
the bizarre MTV/John Woo/West Side Story direction and editing, the
comical freeze frames when new characters entered while their names and
relationships to R+J flashed on the screen, and the stupid accents.  The
film was a travesty on the grandest scale; if I weren't so disgusted I
would have laughed.  And before you ask, yes, I have seen the whole
movie since then, and no, it doesn't get better.

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From:           Jim Helsinger <
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Date:           Tuesday, 23 Nov 1999 22:45:55 EST
Subject: 10.2050 He says 'sword'
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.2050 He says 'sword'

>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.

In the spirit of "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" and "one man's
#$*% is another man's art,"  I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed the
DiCaprio R&J and think it is a great way to introduce teens to
Shakespeare's work.   I do believe that live theatre can be a more
exciting venue for his work than the two-dimensional medium of TV and
Film, but besides that, I loved it.

Jim Helsinger
Artistic Director / Orlando-UCF Shakespeare Festival

PS: I must also say that I regret having missed the "Stripper Club"
version of Macbeth here in Orlando. It was shut down before my wife and
I had a chance to go.  Our generic reply to people who have asked us
about it is: "hey, if it's Shakespeare.... we're going...."
 

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