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Re: Everglades Tempest
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2022  Wednesday, 22 August 2001

[1]     From:   Richard Burt <
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        Date:   Monday, 20 Aug 2001 07:55:59 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.2018 Re: Everglades Tempest

[2]     From:   Hugh Davis <
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        Date:   Monday, 20 Aug 2001 09:36:58 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.2018 Re: Everglades Tempest


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From:           Richard Burt <
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Date:           Monday, 20 Aug 2001 07:55:59 -0400
Subject: 12.2018 Re: Everglades Tempest
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.2018 Re: Everglades Tempest

For the record, I did see it and have to agree with Arthur.  I thought
it was just plain awful--totally incoherent at points, obviously fake
accents arbitrarily put on and off, badly written, and generally poorly
acted.  Of course, that's no reason not to write about it.

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From:           Hugh Davis <
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Date:           Monday, 20 Aug 2001 09:36:58 -0400
Subject: 12.2018 Re: Everglades Tempest
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.2018 Re: Everglades Tempest

I did watch the Tempest on NBC when it aired, with great enthusiasm, in
fact, as I was writing my thesis on Tempest films at the time.  I think
NBC pulled out its own enthusiasm for the production, as they moved it
from November sweeps to an early December airing.  At the time it was
announced, there was some buzz, as it was following Merlin and
Gulliver's Travels as the latest "literary spectacle" from NBC's
mega-event machine.  Unlike those productions, which were sorts of
Classics Illustrated approaches to texts, this film tried to change the
setting and alter characters.

The result, in my opinion, was an interesting but failed experiment.
The Tempest is an often-malleable play fitting many different settings,
and the Bayou angle is inventive.  However, I feel the execution is
lacking.  Despite strong performances from Peter Fonda and Jon Glover,
perhaps the battle of Gideon Prosper and his evil brother was just too
flat in the wake of expectations and in contrast with the lavish special
effects budget.

I did like Harold Perrineau's work as Ariel, as well, although in
contrast, Gator Man seemed too childishly simplistic an analogue.

Just a few Monday musings,
Hugh Davis

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