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Re: WS and WS
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1237  Tuesday, 6 July 1999.

[1]     From:   Carol Light <
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        Date:   Monday, 05 Jul 1999 11:34:23 -0400
        Subj:   WS and WS -- beam me sideways, Horatio, no one knows which way
is up

[2]     From:   Billy Houck <
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        Date:   Monday, 5 Jul 1999 13:30:03 EDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.1228 Re: WS and WS

[3]     From:   Richard Burt <
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        Date:   Monday, 05 Jul 1999 21:04:42 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.1225 William Shatner and William Shakespeare

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From:           Carol Light <
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Date:           Monday, 05 Jul 1999 11:34:23 -0400
Subject:        WS and WS -- beam me sideways, Horatio, no one knows which way
is up

I cannot remain silent as the two great theatrical loves of my life
clash in these lists.  O Noble Readers, lighten thyselves up!

The works of Shakespeare, whoever he or she really was, will no doubt
live as long as English can be spoken and read.  Star Trek is but a
passing fancy, but one which will be around at least for the rest of
this millennium and some time into the next.

But Star Trek, at least, doesn't always take itself so seriously.  While
there is a William Shatner Worldwide Fan Club
(http://www.shatner.com/events/free-enterprise.shtml), there are also
parodies galore, done by, yes, fans.

The movie Free Enterprise-http://www.freeent.com/index.shtml  -- is one
of the self-mocking Trekkie genre whose existence is a substantial
factor in the longevity of the phenomenon.  What can be so serious about
a movie whose slogan is "Live Long and Party"?  [For those culturally
unprepared for this discussion, "live long and prosper" is the most
well-known Star Trek greeting).

Joyce Mason's review of the film on the Shatner web site noted that it
won Best Film and Best Screen Play at the AFI International Film
Festival and asserted that "never does Shatner drop into his Kirkian
role, but rather he parodies his off-screen persona to perfection. I
once asked Shatner in an interview, if he found it difficult to portray
himself as an idiot. "Not at all", said he. "I've been playing idiots on
and off for years!""

And after all, doesn't this list specialize in appreciating for what
they're worth, those tales told by idiots?

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From:           Billy Houck <
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Date:           Monday, 5 Jul 1999 13:30:03 EDT
Subject: 10.1228 Re: WS and WS
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.1228 Re: WS and WS

Troy Schwartz wrote:

>But please!  Antony rapping?  Not to mention William Shatner
>rapping.  I'm sure purists would find this as offensive as I do.  Am I
>the only one?

Rap purists?

Billy Houck

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From:           Richard Burt <
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Date:           Monday, 05 Jul 1999 21:04:42 -0400
Subject: 10.1225 William Shatner and William Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.1225 William Shatner and William Shakespeare

The official website is http://www.freent.com.  Free Enterprise was
released in LA on June 4 and will be released nationally sometime this
month.
 

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