Shakespeare Translates Monty Python
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2514 Wednesday, 31 October 2001
From: Richard Nathan <
Date: Tuesday, 30 Oct 2001 21:42:11 +0000
Subject: Shakespeare Translates Monty Python
Shakespeare Translates "MONTY PYTHON & THE HOLY GRAIL"
One of the extras in the new Special Edition DVD of "Monty Python and
the Holy Grail" is described as follows on the package: "NEW!
Subtitles for People Who Don't Like The Film (taken from Shakespeare's
Henry IV, Part II)"
When I first heard of this, I assumed they would just print the test of
Shakespeare's play as a series of subtitles running along with the film,
but having nothing to do with the film. I was wrong. They've searched
through Shakespeare's play, and taken the lines that most closely
correspond to the film's dialogue. For example, when King Arthur cries,
"Run Away!" the subtitle is "Fly the field!" I found it quite
Note, the Shakespeare subtitles are available only on the new Special
Edition DVD that has just recently been released.
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