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Re: Romeo Must Die
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0574  Monday, 27 March 2000.

[1]     From:   Rachelle Slater <
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        Date:   Friday, 24 Mar 2000 21:42:38 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.0565 Romeo Must Die

[2]     From:   Bob Haas <
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        Date:   Friday, 24 Mar 2000 12:18:58 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.0565 Romeo Must Die

[3]     From:   Tanya Gough <
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        Date:   Friday, 24 Mar 2000 12:11:38 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.0565 Romeo Must Die


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From:           Rachelle Slater <
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Date:           Friday, 24 Mar 2000 21:42:38 EST
Subject: 11.0565 Romeo Must Die
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.0565 Romeo Must Die

Thanks for the review.  A few of my students were questioning me if I
was going to go see it.  Like you, I questioned the title and wondered
if it was an updated version of the play.  The students that have seen
it so far really liked it, but they had a difficult time seeing any
connections between the play and the movie.  (We have just finished
reading it in class).  I think I might just wait for the video.

Thanks again!

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Date:           Friday, 24 Mar 2000 12:18:58 -0500
Subject: 11.0565 Romeo Must Die
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.0565 Romeo Must Die

I think that this is an apt observation for adaptations that are playing
everything fairly straight, but I loved the "Sword" brand
semi-automatics in Luhrmann's film.  I thought it was a very, very funny
jab at the notion of adaptation.  Of course, I'm an easy laugh.

By the way, I don't want to start a war of flames over adaptations or
the Luhrmann travesty once again.  I've just never weighed in on the
Luhrmann's film, and while I do find it lacking in several ways, I
appreciate its energy and its ability to get some of my students excited
about Shakespeare . . . although they were a bit let down when they
finally got around to actually looking at the actual "screenplay."

Cheers

> One thing I will say is that it seems to me that martial
> arts makes a smoother transition from Shakespearean sword play, than
> they somewhat awkward update to guns used in the Baz Luhrmann version of
> Romeo and Juliet.

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From:           Tanya Gough <
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Date:           Friday, 24 Mar 2000 12:11:38 -0500
Subject: 11.0565 Romeo Must Die
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.0565 Romeo Must Die

>In any event, not being terribly informed about martial arts movies, I
>can't really tell where this ranks on that scale for quality. Clearly,
>the fight scenes are taking cues from "The Matrix", but where the
>impossible physical acts of that movie made sense with in the sci-fi
>context, here those types of touches are a distraction.

I'll be seeing this film this weekend, so I can tell you more about it's
overall quality then, but let me assure you that "The Matrix" took all
it's fight scene cues from the Hong Kong kung fu genre film, not the
other way around.  Not that this has anything to do with Shakespeare,
but as a fanatic, I felt compelled to set things right.

As for other martial arts Shakespeares, Kurosawa's Ran (King Lear) and
Throne of Blood (Macbeth) are superb examples of Samurai translations.
I do not know yet of other Hong Kong spin offs.

And lastly, a general note for the membership, could everyone please get
into the habit of marking the tops of posts where significant plot
information is divulged, especially with regards to new releases?  I've
been looking forward to this film for several months, and had to quickly
scroll to the end of the post to look for summaries when I realized that
the entire plot was laid out.

Thanks,
Tanya
 

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