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Re: Luhrmann's R+J
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.2099  Tuesday, 30 November 1999.

[1]     From:   Billy Houck <
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        Date:   Monday, 29 Nov 1999 16:04:48 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.2082 Re: Luhrmann's R+J

[2]     From:   Arthur Lindley <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 30 Nov 1999 09:47:50 +0800
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.2082 Re: Luhrmann's R+J


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From:           Billy Houck <
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Date:           Monday, 29 Nov 1999 16:04:48 EST
Subject: 10.2082 Re: Luhrmann's R+J
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.2082 Re: Luhrmann's R+J

The only problem I have with this movie is the title. It would have been
more accurately titled "Baz Luhrman's Romeo + Juliet," not "William
Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet."

I find all this wailing and handwringing over Luhrman's interpretive
choices rather tedious and self-indulgent. The movie has been made.
Millions of people, many of them quite young, have seen this movie. It
is available in video stores everywhere. It has earned its creators a
carload of money and fame. It has become a piece of popular culture. It
does not rely upon our approval to exist.

Am I the only one on this list old enough to remember that the Zeferelli
film was once considered "controversial?" (read: "new")

Many teenagers have told me they understood Shakespeare's play better
when they have read it because they have seen the Luhrman film. This is
a good thing.

I do not doubt that in 10-20 years these same teenagers will be very
upset at the liberties taken in the next generation's R+J.

Billy Houck
Arroyo Grande Eagle Theatre

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From:           Arthur Lindley  <
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Date:           Tuesday, 30 Nov 1999 09:47:50 +0800
Subject: 10.2082 Re: Luhrmann's R+J
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.2082 Re: Luhrmann's R+J

Just for the record, it's Luhrmann with two n's.  The Australian film
industry has enough problems without our mixing up the names.

Regards,
Arthur Lindley
 

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