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Re: Hall's Dream
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1550  Tuesday, 19 June 2001

[1]     From:   Richard Nathan <
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        Date:   Monday, 18 Jun 2001 20:55:16 +0000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.1532 Hall's Dream

[2]     From:   Bill Gelber <
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        Date:   Monday, 18 Jun 2001 17:01:03 EDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.1532 Hall's Dream


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From:           Richard Nathan <
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Date:           Monday, 18 Jun 2001 20:55:16 +0000
Subject: 12.1532 Hall's Dream
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1532 Hall's Dream

In answer to Mike Jensen's questions:

1.  Yes, I think the film is very funny.

2.  The mechanicals, of course.  I remember that when I first saw the
film in 1968, and Bottom said, "Since Lion vile hath here deflowered my
dear," and Peter Quince says, "Devoured!!!" - I laughed out loud.  I had
never noticed the "deflowered" joke before.  I was only 18 at the time,
and a bit sheltered.

3.  I never saw the stage version.

4.  N/A

5.  You don't watch much television, do you?  There would be no problem
with a television broadcasting this today.  I remember it being
broadcast with the near nudity in 1968, and being startled by it, but
being appreciative.

6.  It was not cut, blocked or cropped.  But it was never full nudity.

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From:           Bill Gelber <
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Date:           Monday, 18 Jun 2001 17:01:03 EDT
Subject: 12.1532 Hall's Dream
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1532 Hall's Dream

At Stratford, the Shakespeare Centre Library has an old black-and-white
video of a television version of the play directed by Hall. This is
introduced by Charles Laughton. I don't know if a comparison of the two
productions would be instructive or not but. . .

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