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Hall's Dream
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1532  Monday, 18 June 2001

From:           Mike Jensen <
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Date:           Friday, 15 Jun 2001 14:53:40 -0700
Subject:        Hall's Dream

Will you please be a member of my admittedly skewed focus group?

I am working on Peter Hall's 1968 film of A Midsummer Night's Dream.  If
you have answers to any of the following questions, will you please
answer me off list?  On list is fine, if you think the answers will be
of general interest.

1) Do you think the film is funny?  Do you actually laugh at it?  A yes
or no answer is fine, unless you have a answer to question #2.

2) What in the movie makes you laugh?

3) If you saw Hall's stage version that preceded the film, what do you
notice is the same?

4) What did you notice is different?

I will spend some quality time with the prompt book the next time I am
in Stratford, but for now I'm looking for your subjective response.
What "felt" the same to you, and what different?

This next one is for those who saw the initial network broadcast in
America.

There is a bit of near nudity in the film, mostly Judy Dench.  It is
hard to imagine the Standards and Practices Division (the censors) of an
American network broadcasting it today, and even harder to imagine it in
1968.

5) Do you remember if there was nudity when the film was first
broadcast?

Was it cut, blocked, or cropped?

Thanks in advance for your help,
Mike Jensen

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