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Re: Branagh
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0272  Tuesday, 6 February 2001

[1]     From:   Kezia Vanmeter Sproat <
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        Date:   Monday, 5 Feb 2001 12:50:18 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.0257 Re: Branagh

[2]     From:   Tad Davis <
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        Date:   Monday, 05 Feb 2001 15:22:52 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.0257 Re: Branagh

[3]     From:   Drew Whitehead <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 06 Feb 2001 22:25:19 +1000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.0250 Is Kenneth quitting?

[4]     From:   Charles Weinstein <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 6 Feb 2001 08:36:30 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.0257 Re: Kenneth ("a little o'erparted") Branagh


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From:           Kezia Vanmeter Sproat <
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Date:           Monday, 5 Feb 2001 12:50:18 EST
Subject: 12.0257 Re: Branagh
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0257 Re: Branagh

I haven't seen LLL, nor any of Mr. Doniger's Shakespeare films, but I
kept the poster for Branagh's Much Ado by my desk for several years
because it lightened my spirit, lifted my heart. I was and am glad to be
in a world where a person commits so much of his life to sharing the
work of
Shakespeare. I will not like to see him stop, but he is young, and may
start again.

Kezia Vanmeter Sproat

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From:           Tad Davis <
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Date:           Monday, 05 Feb 2001 15:22:52 -0500
Subject: 12.0257 Re: Branagh
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0257 Re: Branagh

I've been and remain a great fan of Branagh and his Shakespeare films. I
think it's a shame that economics and critical reception being what they
are, a single failure should have such a daunting effect on a gifted
filmmaker.

Tad Davis

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From:           Drew Whitehead <
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Date:           Tuesday, 06 Feb 2001 22:25:19 +1000
Subject: 12.0250 Is Kenneth quitting?
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0250 Is Kenneth quitting?

For my part I would be sorry that anyone should feel that they had to
give up making Shakespeare for the big screen.  It was Branagh's Henry V
that got me interested in Shakespeare all those years ago and I would
credit him at being at the forefront and an instigator of the modern
film rejuvenation of Shakespeare.  I have not seen his Love's Labour's
Lost (it has not been released here yet, if ever) so I cannot comment on
that particular movie.  But I have enjoyed his other outings and I will
be disappointed if this news truly is the case.

Drew Whitehead

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From:           Charles Weinstein <
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Date:           Tuesday, 6 Feb 2001 08:36:30 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 12.0257 Re: Kenneth ("a little o'erparted") Branagh
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0257 Re: Kenneth ("a little o'erparted") Branagh

Every Shakespeare film made by Branagh since Henry V has been worthless,
and his own classical performances have ranged from the mediocre (Iago)
to the unspeakable (Hamlet).  I was not looking forward to his Macbeth:
a role that has baffled every actor since Olivier (including McKellen
and Jacobi) was not going to be aced by him.  My only consolation was
that his divorce from Emma Thompson and his separation from Helena
Bonham-Carter had spared us the trial of watching either's Lady
Macbeth.  But with Branagh's infallible eye for casting exactly the
wrong actor, I'm sure he would have chosen someone equally
inappropriate.
 

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