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Re: Midsummer Video
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.2027  Tuesday, 7 November 2000.

[1]     From:   Christine Gilmore<
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        Date:   Saturday, 4 Nov 2000 11:27:28 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.2022 Midsummer Video

[2]     From:   Bob Haas <
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        Date:   Saturday, 04 Nov 2000 11:39:12 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.2022 Midsummer Video

[3]     From:   Mark Cummings <
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        Date:   Sunday, 5 Nov 2000 15:03:07 -0600
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.2022 Midsummer Video

[4]     From:   David G. Hale <
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        Date:   Monday, 06 Nov 2000 09:52:47 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.2022 Midsummer Video

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        Date:   Monday, 06 Nov 2000 08:53:41 -0800
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From:           Christine Gilmore<
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Date:           Saturday, 4 Nov 2000 11:27:28 -0500
Subject: 11.2022 Midsummer Video
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.2022 Midsummer Video

> A colleague has asked which video of Midsummer Night's Dream the college
> should buy of the following three possibilities: 1982 Joseph Papp, 1992
> Jonathan Miller, 1988 Peter Hall.  Any opinions?

I thought the production with Helen Mirren as Titania was quite nice.
It is a little long for a short class, but I've used it for a lower
level general education class on drama.  Directed by Elijah Moshinsky
for the BBC. It also included Hugh Quarshie as Philostrate and Robert
Lindsay as Lysander.  (As execrable as was the new edition with Michele
Pfeiffer, Rupert Everett, and Calista Flockhart, the production by the
rude mechanicals was hilarious.)  I've never seen Papp's production. But
it would be interesting to compare Mirren's Titania to her Hermia and
Dench's Titania in Hall's production.

A humble first opinion.

Christine Gilmore
University of Toledo

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From:           Bob Haas <
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Date:           Saturday, 04 Nov 2000 11:39:12 -0500
Subject: 11.2022 Midsummer Video
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.2022 Midsummer Video

Why not the 1936 Reinhardt?  The 1982 Papp version is interesting,
especially Christine Baranski's Helena, but William Hurt's goofy
performance of Oberon reads like it was choreographed by Shields and
Yarnell.  I've not seen the 1992 Miller or Hall's 1988 version, although
I do own a copy of the 1968 MSD with Judy Dench, Ian Holm, and Diana
Rigg.  It's very . . . green.  Actually, it's much fun and very 60s, but
I'm not sure that today's students would react well to it.  It's great
style makes it more a comment on the Mod era than upon the play.

The Reinhardt is great fun, and although Mickey Rooney becomes a little
tiresome by the end of the film, the presentation of the rather blandly
drawn lovers is as fine and funny as any film or theatrical version I've
seen.  And Cagney's performance of Bottom is very effective, especially
on the morning after.  His realization that what may have happened to
him may not have been a dream reads as true terror!  It's very
effective--funny AND scary.

bob

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From:           Mark Cummings <
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Date:           Sunday, 5 Nov 2000 15:03:07 -0600
Subject: 11.2022 Midsummer Video
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.2022 Midsummer Video

I use a combination of the 82 Papp (great lovers and mechanicals) and
the 98 Royal Shakespeare film (great fairies and lovers; available from
Miramax).  This combination is very popular with my prep school Seniors.

--Mark Cummings

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Date:           Monday, 06 Nov 2000 09:52:47 -0500
Subject: 11.2022 Midsummer Video
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.2022 Midsummer Video

The dates are a puzzle. If only one of these is an option, I'd go with
Hall because of its cast and innovative (at the time approaches). Miller
(I assume this is the BBC) is expensive and dull. My students laugh at,
rather than with, Papp.

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Date:           Monday, 06 Nov 2000 08:53:41 -0800
Subject: 11.2022 Midsummer Video
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.2022 Midsummer Video

I don't know about the other two, but the Papp is extremely tedious.
 

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