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Troma and Shakespop
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1584  Friday, 25 August 2000.

From:           Hugh Davis <
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Date:           Thursday, 24 Aug 2000 11:59:55 EDT
Subject:        Troma and Shakespop

I remember hearing once that the head of Troma claimed _Sgt. Kabukiman,
NYPD_ was a variation on Coriolanus, and that one other film (maybe
_Class of Nukem High_ or somesuch) was a version of AYLI. Can anyone on
list 1) confirm my shaky memory and 2) confirm if these films are
transformations.

Second, a rerun of _Head of the Class_ recently shown on Nick at Nite
revolved around a production of Hamlet.  Charlie Moore (Howard
Hesseman), the long-term substitute who teaches the students history, is
producing a version of Hamlet which makes the over-achieving students
question interpretations. He uses elements of pop culture and kitsch to
shape his production, and the kids finally see his vision as valid by
the end.  Interestingly enough, Charlie Moore explains to the class that
(and I offer this as info, not to open an debates) he is one of "a
significant group" who believe the Earl of Oxford wrote the plays of
Shakespeare.  He challenges the conventional dating of the plays in his
efforts to show ways to question Shakespeare.

Hugh Davis
 

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