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Two T.V. Shows With Shakespeare References
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1125  Monday, 14 May 2001

From:           Richard Burt <
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Date:           Saturday, 12 May 2001 22:03:43 -0400
Subject:        Two T.V. Shows With Shakespeare References

The wife (Lisa Rinna)  in another wonderful Lifetime television
movie-this one called Sex, Lies, and Obsession-- is married to a
sexaholic adulterer (played by Harry Hamlin) and is producing Romeo and
Juliet.  After he confesses to her, Hamlin's character puts on a DVD of
the 1936 Romeo and Juliet and Juliet's opening speech in the balcony
scene plays with the t.v. screen out of focus as they talk.  (Very odd
because as far as I know, the film is available only on video.)  It
doesn't work.  They fight, and he goes off to pick up a streetwalker in
the next scene.  Maybe he should have shown her the Zeffirelli or
Luhrmann versions. (I watched the Babysitter's Seduction just before
this one, but, regrettably, it didn't have any Shakespeare references in
it.) http://www.lifetimetv.com/movies/orig_movies/move2890/index.html

In a 1995 television sequel to Henry James The Turn of the Screw called
The Haunting of Helen Walker (with Valerie Bertinelli as the Governess
and Diana Rigg as Mrs. Grose), there's a scene in which the Governess
teaches Miles and Flora about Shakespeare's Hamlet.

http://us.imdb.com/Title?0113271

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