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Re: Stewart to do TV Texas "Lear"
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0760  Wednesday, 4 April 2001

[1]     From:   Stephanie Hughes <
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        Date:   Friday, 30 Mar 2001 15:20:40 -0800
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.0752 Re: Stewart to do TV Texas "Lear"

[2]     From:   Bob Haas <
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        Date:   Sunday, 01 Apr 2001 13:25:52 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.0752 Re: Stewart to do TV Texas "Lear"

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        Date:   Tuesday, 03 Apr 2001 17:33:05 -0500
        Subj:   SHK 12.0692 Re: Stewart to do TV Texas "Lear"


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From:           Stephanie Hughes <
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Date:           Friday, 30 Mar 2001 15:20:40 -0800
Subject: 12.0752 Re: Stewart to do TV Texas "Lear"
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0752 Re: Stewart to do TV Texas "Lear"

>Of course, if we want to think of the Samurai genre as Japan's answer to
>the American Western, then Kurosawa's _Ran_ also fits the description
>(now that's a GREAT variation on the Lear story).
>
>Paul E. Doniger

Yes. Not that I've seen all that many Lears, but Ran is my favorite,
more true to the sense of the original than any other I've ever seen.
Along these lines, does anyone else detest the Ian Holm version,
recently revisited on PBS television, a sort of low budget (no budget?)
Star Trek. Truly a tale told by idiots.

Stephanie Hughes

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Date:           Sunday, 01 Apr 2001 13:25:52 -0400
Subject: 12.0752 Re: Stewart to do TV Texas "Lear"
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0752 Re: Stewart to do TV Texas "Lear"

Paul,

I believe you're thinking of _A Thousand Acres_ (1997), which featured
Robards as well as Michelle Pfeiffer, Jessica Lange and Jennifer Jason
Leigh.  It was based on the same titled Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by
Jane Smiley.  From what I recall of the film's reviews, all the leads
were very enthusiastic and hoped to communicate this to the audience by
yelling and screaming--the true mark, as we all know, of great talent.
To be fair, I've not seen this, but I've got it marked for video
viewing.  Has anyone out there seen this film?

bob

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Date:           Tuesday, 03 Apr 2001 17:33:05 -0500
Subject: Re: Stewart to do TV Texas "Lear"
Comment:        SHK 12.0692 Re: Stewart to do TV Texas "Lear"

And last summer, I was fortunate enough to perform in a generally
well-received production of Lear set in 1949 Texas (the director, a
Texan himself, was inspired by the Cormac McCarthy trilogy).  The
production was mounted by Allied Theatre Group (formerly Shakespeare in
the Park) in downtown Fort Worth.  Not only does the historical fact of
the King Ranch allow for easier cultural translation, but the company
found that the language of the play itself was interestingly enlivened
for the local audience by the use of regional accents, including
Hispanic disguises for Kent and Edgar, the latter even speaking some of
his lines to Oswald in Spanish. (I played Lear's Fool in the
production).
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