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Re: Cartmell's Views
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2097  Tuesday, 4 September 2001

[1]     From:   Hugh Davis <
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        Date:   Monday, 03 Sep 2001 10:44:51 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.2092 Cartmell's Views

[2]     From:   Richard Burt <
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        Date:   Monday, 3 Sep 2001 10:44:58 -0400
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[3]     From:   John Velz <
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        Date:   Monday, 03 Sep 2001 13:31:34 -0500
        Subj:   Cartmell's Views

[4]     From:   Sophie Masson <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 5 Sep 2001 03:06:08 +1000
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From:           Hugh Davis <
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Date:           Monday, 03 Sep 2001 10:44:51 -0400
Subject: 12.2092 Cartmell's Views
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.2092 Cartmell's Views

Mike Jensen asks (in part):

>1) This is a description of Henry in disguise.  "For an 1980s audience,
>the inhuman, black-masked figure inevitably recalls Darth Vader in *Star
>Wars*." (p.102)
>
>Did you think of Darth Vader when you saw this scene?

Actually, the scene did remind me of Darth Vader, with the king then
appearing in the light, looking more like the boyish Luke Skywalker.  I
think Branagh does use visual quotes of this source, such as the opening
of Much Ado, which reminds me of Magnificent 7.

Hugh Davis

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From:           Richard Burt <
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Date:           Monday, 3 Sep 2001 10:44:58 -0400
Subject: 12.2092 Cartmell's Views
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.2092 Cartmell's Views

I think the book is pretty bad apart form being incredibly short.  You
mention only a few of many, many, typically p.c. howlers.  I was going
to review it for SQ, but I didn't send the review as it ended up being
too negative for me to want it to see the light of day.  SQ will not
review Cartmell's book.

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From:           John Velz <
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Date:           Monday, 03 Sep 2001 13:31:34 -0500
Subject:        Cartmell's Views

Rather than dignify the film with an ideological label, I would say it
was self-promotion.  Otherwise how could KB hire Judi Dench to play the
Hostess and then cut most of her lines.  You can always tell the work of
an egotist when you see whose lines are cut in a production.

In a sardonic mode,
John

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From:           Sophie Masson <
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Date:           Wednesday, 5 Sep 2001 03:06:08 +1000
Subject: 12.2092 Cartmell's Views
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.2092 Cartmell's Views

I must admit that I did think of Darth Vader--and of Grim Reaper type
images--when I saw the hooded and cloaked Henry in Branagh's film. I
think the flavour of dark in the film though owes more to millenial
post-modernist angst and pessimism than the other things. We find it
hard to separate 'good' aggression from 'bad' aggression--there are
people willing to argue, for instance, that Churchill was no better than
Hitler.  As to the question about right-wing ideology, see above!
Hope that's useful.

Sophie Masson
Author site: http://www.northnet.com.au/~smasson

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