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Re: Shakespeare Silents on Video
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0243  Friday, 2 February 2001

[1]     From:   Douglas M Lanier <
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        Date:   Thursday, 1 Feb 2001 12:13:02 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.0230 Re: Shakespeare Silents on Video

[2]     From:   Paul E. Doniger <
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        Date:   Thursday, 1 Feb 2001 18:11:39 -0800
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From:           Douglas M Lanier <
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Date:           Thursday, 1 Feb 2001 12:13:02 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 12.0230 Re: Shakespeare Silents on Video
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0230 Re: Shakespeare Silents on Video

The only Barrymore Shakespeare on home video that I know of are these:

An excerpt from III Henry VI from "Hollywood Revue of 1929" is available
on the laserdisc collection "Dawn of Sound I."

Barrymore does a brief rendition of Marc Antony's funeral oration in the
1941 film "Playmates," as well as lots of hammy Shakespearean parody.
Available on tape.

And, of course, his performance as Mercutio in the 1936 "Romeo and
Juliet," directed by George Cukor, available on laserdisc and tape.

There are many surviving recordings of Barrymore's Shakespearean
performances for radio.

Cheers,
Douglas Lanier

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From:           Paul E. Doniger <
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Date:           Thursday, 1 Feb 2001 18:11:39 -0800
Subject: 12.0230 Re: Shakespeare Silents on Video
Comment:        Fw: SHK 12.0230 Re: Shakespeare Silents on Video

The only Barrymore Shakespeare that I have seen is the 1930s film of
_R&J_ in which he hams his way delightfully through Mercutio. If you're
a Barrymore fan (and I confess to being one), you'll probably enjoy his
over-the-top performance. I suspect most people would not like it. It's
really not a very good film, in spite of the big-guns cast.

I would love to see his _Hamlet_, but I suspect it was never filmed (at
least not in its entirety). I do remember hearing audiotapes of excerpts
many years ago. He had a very strong vocal presence, which we tend to
miss in his films because of the distraction of his intense physical
presence. If you learn of any other Shakespeare on video with the great
profile, let me know!

Paul E. Doniger
 

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