Make a Donation

Consider making a donation to support SHAKSPER.

Subscribe to Our Feeds

Current Postings RSS

Announcements RSS

Home :: Archive :: 2000 :: November ::
Re: Forbidden Planet
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.2171  Tuesday, 28 November 2000

[1]     From:   Hugh Davis <
 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 >
        Date:   Monday, 27 Nov 2000 10:09:05 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.2154 Forbidden Planet/Forbidden Attribution

[2]     From:   David Lindley <
 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 >
        Date:   Monday, 27 Nov 2000 18:10:59 GMT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.2154 Forbidden Planet/Forbidden Attribution

[3]     From:   John Ciccarelli <
 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 >
        Date:   Monday, 27 Nov 2000 22:58:01 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.2154 Forbidden Planet/Forbidden Attribution

[4]     From:   Carol Morley <
 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 >
        Date:   Tuesday, 28 Nov 2000 13:31:15 -0000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.2154 Forbidden Planet/Forbidden Attribution


[1]-----------------------------------------------------------------
From:           Hugh Davis <
 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 >
Date:           Monday, 27 Nov 2000 10:09:05 -0500
Subject: 11.2154 Forbidden Planet/Forbidden Attribution
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.2154 Forbidden Planet/Forbidden Attribution

According to interviews with the writers (whose names, sadly, escape me
as I type), they wanted to base a film on The Tempest, because they both
liked the tale. They didn't pitch it as such, but their notes do suggest
the planned parallels.

Hugh Davis

[2]-------------------------------------------------------------
From:           David Lindley <
 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 >
Date:           Monday, 27 Nov 2000 18:10:59 GMT
Subject: 11.2154 Forbidden Planet/Forbidden Attribution
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.2154 Forbidden Planet/Forbidden Attribution

I've just used Forbidden Planet as part of an undergraduate course on
transformations of The Tempest (reaction was very mixed, often depending
upon fondness for sci-fi - though the most curious was that of students
who simply dismissed it as 'dated' - I asked them whether they thought
it was more, or less 'dated' than Shakespeare's play).  But Mike's
question is one I too would like the answer to; the screen titles merely
suggest that it is based on a book by two authors whose name now escapes
me - has anyone seen this book, or knows whether it makes clearer the
affiliation the film (apparently originally entitled 'Fatal Planet')
occludes?

The absence of any mention of Shakespeare, however, does raise a useful
question about the different nature of different appropriations, about
whether or not they set out to establish some sort of dialogue with the
originary text.

David Lindley

[3]-------------------------------------------------------------
From:           John Ciccarelli <
 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 >
Date:           Monday, 27 Nov 2000 22:58:01 -0500
Subject: 11.2154 Forbidden Planet/Forbidden Attribution
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.2154 Forbidden Planet/Forbidden Attribution

The same may be said of West Side Story.  Aside from extremely
superficial comparisons, what does this musical bear in common to Romeo
and Juliet.  One is a timeless love story, the other an unrealistic
portrayal of race relations in the 1950's.  Not to mention how demeaning
it portrays Hispanics.

[4]-------------------------------------------------------------
From:           Carol Morley <
 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 >
Date:           Tuesday, 28 Nov 2000 13:31:15 -0000
Subject: 11.2154 Forbidden Planet/Forbidden Attribution
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.2154 Forbidden Planet/Forbidden Attribution

Dear Mike,

I'm right behind your right to not abide science fiction as a genre, but
don't see how you can miss the deliberate use of a scenario with B-movie
parallels to Prospero, Miranda, Ferdinand, Ariel and Caliban for
starters. Or have I missed your point?

Best wishes,
Carol Morley.

You'd probably really hate the spoof musical 'Return to the Forbidden
Planet'. It's frivolous into the bargain.
 

©2011 Hardy Cook. All rights reserved.