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Re: Film of King Lear (2000)
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1495  Thursday, 14 June 2001

[1]     From:   Tanya Gough <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 13 Jun 2001 09:20:37 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.1476 Re: Film of King Lear (2000)

[2]     From:   Alec Wild <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 13 Jun 2001 11:32:14 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.1476 Re: Film of King Lear (2000)

[3]     From:   Thomas Larque <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 13 Jun 2001 16:35:36 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.1476 Re: Film of King Lear (2000)

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        Date:   Wednesday, 13 Jun 2001 19:40:24 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.1476 Re: Film of King Lear (2000)


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From:           Tanya Gough <
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Date:           Wednesday, 13 Jun 2001 09:20:37 -0400
Subject: 12.1476 Re: Film of King Lear (2000)
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1476 Re: Film of King Lear (2000)

Gary Allen writes:

>Since Mr. Kaufmann is otherwise unknown to the IMDB, or to Google for
>that matter, I strongly suspect that this is a vanity entry by said
>Writer himself.  Perhaps it is a screenplay he is trying to market to
>the studios and this is his first blast of the trumpet.  Most
>pre-production entries in IMDB for a movie in the making will list a
>producer or lead actors, sometimes a director, but for the only
>statement to be the screenwriter's name--and for a filming of
>Shakespeare's most difficult tragedy, no less--is more an indicator of
>delusions of grandeur than of accomplishment.  I'm willing to be proven
>wrong should the next Tom Stoppard be ready to emerge, but how often
>does that happen?

I tend to agree.  My guess is that Kaufmann is either a gutsy newcomer
as Gary suggests, or perhaps this version could have been a made-for-TV
version done for a limited European audience.  I also have no
information on this title or on Kaufmann, though I too would be quite
happy to learn anything about them.  I've tried the Internet, several
suppliers, and some film buff friends in New York to no avail.

Folks might be interested to know that there is another Hamlet due out
on video shortly, starring Blair Brown, Campbell Scott, and others.
This title was supposed to have been released several weeks ago, but
appears to have been delayed to prevent confusion with the Ethan Hawke.
We'll have stock as soon as it is released, but in the meantime, does
anyone know anything about the production?

Tanya Gough
Poor Yorick Shakespeare Multimedia
www.bardcentral.com

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From:           Alec Wild <
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Date:           Wednesday, 13 Jun 2001 11:32:14 -0400
Subject: 12.1476 Re: Film of King Lear (2000)
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1476 Re: Film of King Lear (2000)

> Since Mr. Kaufmann is otherwise unknown to the IMDB, or to Google for
> that matter, I strongly suspect that this is a vanity entry by said
> Writer himself.  Perhaps it is a screenplay he is trying to market to
> the studios and this is his first blast of the trumpet.  Most
> pre-production entries in IMDB for a movie in the making will list a
> producer or lead actors, sometimes a director, but for the only
> statement to be the screenwriter's name--and for a filming of
> Shakespeare's most difficult tragedy, no less--is more an indicator of
> delusions of grandeur than of accomplishment.  I'm willing to be proven
> wrong should the next Tom Stoppard be ready to emerge, but how often
> does that happen?

But Mr. Kaufmann IS otherwise known to the IMDB--he is listed as an
Austrian
writer/director with six films to his credit: King Lear (2000),
Kleinh

 

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