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Re: Hamlet Parody
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1980  Monday, 13 August 2001

[1]     From:   Tanya Gough <
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        Date:   Friday, 10 Aug 2001 10:43:57 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.1970 Re: Hamlet Parody

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        Date:   Friday, 10 Aug 2001 11:30:55 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.1970 Re: Hamlet Parody

[3]     From:   Edmund Taft <
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        Date:   Friday, 10 Aug 2001 12:02:36 -0400
        Subj:   Re: Hamlet Parody?

[4]     From:   Geralyn Horton <
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        Date:   Friday, 10 Aug 2001 13:25:49 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.1970 Re: Hamlet Parody

[5]     From:   Harry Teplitz <
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        Date:   Friday, 10 Aug 2001 17:10:58 -0400
        Subj:   Hamlet Parody in DC

[6]     From:   Judi Wilkins <
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        Date:   Monday, 13 Aug 2001 11:57:36 +1000
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[7]     From:   Richard Regan <
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        Date:   Monday, 13 Aug 2001 00:47:26 EDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.1968 Hamlet Parody?


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From:           Tanya Gough <
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Date:           Friday, 10 Aug 2001 10:43:57 -0400
Subject: 12.1970 Re: Hamlet Parody
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1970 Re: Hamlet Parody

There's also a *very* low budget Dr. Seuss spoof called "Green Eggs and
Hamlet", and the Bob and Doug Mackenzie comedy "Strange Brew" which pits
the SCTV heroes against the evil Claudius in search of the perfect
Elsinore beer.

Also, not quite a parody, there's a b-movie/film noir reworking of
Hamlet called "Strange Illusion" which might be worth looking at.  In
it, the Oedipal relationship between the Hamlet character and his mother
are made explicit.  And in the brilliantly subversive b-horror flick
"Theatre of Blood", death-by-Hamlet is represented in a duel scene.  In
the same vein, Kurosawa did a Japanese film noir version called "The Bad
Sleep Well (Warui yatsu hodo yoku nemuru)"

And probably not worth mentioning is the Troma mockumentary "Shakespeare
In and Out" which features a *very* *very* bad actor who ends up in the
pornography trade while pursuing his dream of performing Hamlet, which
he ultimately does, albeit for a senior citizens' home tour group.

"A Midwinter's Tale (aka In the Bleak Midwinter)", by Kenneth Branagh,
redeems all the failures of the Troma catastrophe, depicting a group of
actors performing the play in the British countryside.  There's also the
Schwartzenegger bit in "Last Action Hero", where the young protagonist
daydreams of a more interesting Hamlet in English class, casting his
favorite action hero in the part.  And also in the brief mention
category, Withnail's uncle spouts a number of Hamletisms in the off-beat
British film "Withnail and I".

All of these titles are currently available on video, which of course
we'd be happy to provide.

Tanya Gough
Poor Yorick Shakespeare Multimedia
www.bardcentral.com

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From:           Tanya Gough <
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Date:           Friday, 10 Aug 2001 11:30:55 -0400
Subject: 12.1970 Re: Hamlet Parody
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1970 Re: Hamlet Parody

Noah reminds me that Monty Python also dedicated an entire episode to
Hamlet (number 43, on the Season 4, set 7 box set), and also did a
"Hamlet and Ophelia" sketch, which is conveniently available in the same
box.

The Season 2, set 4 box set also includes "Archaelogy Today:
Shakespeare", "The First Underwater Production of Measure for Measure"
and "The Hospital for Overactors" which features Richard III.

Just to prove that Shakespeare isn't dead, he's just pining for the
fjords.

Tanya Gough
Poor Yorick Shakespeare Multimedia
www.bardcentral.com

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From:           Edmund Taft <
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Date:           Friday, 10 Aug 2001 12:02:36 -0400
Subject:        Re: Hamlet Parody?

Marcia:

Many years ago Maynard Mack gave a lecture at Penn State in which he
quoted from a "work" called (I think) "The Most Lamentable Tragedy and
Death of Omlette and Oatmelia" (!)  I don't remember the author, but
someone on this list probably will.

--Ed Taft

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From:           Geralyn Horton <
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Date:           Friday, 10 Aug 2001 13:25:49 -0400
Subject: 12.1970 Re: Hamlet Parody
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1970 Re: Hamlet Parody

Surprised no one has mentioned Lee Blessing's "Fortinbras". It's not a
rollicking parody, but I think
it would be easier to compare to "R & G are Dead", for that reason.

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From:           Harry Teplitz <
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Date:           Friday, 10 Aug 2001 17:10:58 -0400
Subject:        Hamlet Parody in DC

Stoppard's "Dogg's Hamlet, Cahoot's Macbeth" contains a 15 minute Hamlet
followed by an even shorter encore.

And this brings me to a shameless plug -- I am appearing in a production
of this play, opening next week in DC.  For anyone in the area, we open
August 15 and run through September 2.  Details can be found at
http://go.to/longacrelea

Cheers,
Harry Teplitz

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From:           Judi Wilkins <
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Date:           Monday, 13 Aug 2001 11:57:36 +1000
Subject: 12.1970 Re: Hamlet Parody
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1970 Re: Hamlet Parody

Try Stoppard's sublime 'Dogg's Hamlet' and 'Cahoot's Macbeth';
interlinking one acters which also make interesting comment on the
essential subversive nature of language and theatre.  When do we ever
say what we really mean and what are the implications for
representational interpretation?  Fascinating stuff.

Cheers,
Judi

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From:           Richard Regan <
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Date:           Monday, 13 Aug 2001 00:47:26 EDT
Subject: 12.1968 Hamlet Parody?
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1968 Hamlet Parody?

A Night in Elsinore uses the Marx Brothers to deconstruct Hamlet.
Written by Richard Nathan, it may have been noted in SHAKSPER some time
ago. The author's email: 
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Richard Regan
Fairfield University

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