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Re: The Silent Shakespeare British and US and Italy
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1555  Tuesday, 19 June 2001

From:           Graham Hall <
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Date:           Monday, 18 Jun 2001 19:41:26 -0000
Subject:        A Bum Note: The Rest is Silence

Christopher Moore (15/6) seeks news on silent Shakespeare films (if I am
correctly interpreting "leads"). Videos are available from most of the
usual suspects; RSC, Globe, NFT, etc and the normal caveat applies in
respect of format. Best to go to the web sites and see what is currently
in stock as they seem to sell like hot cakes and ale.

I have been intrigued for some time about the "silent " aspect of these.
It is highly probable that music (in situ) accompanied the scenes. This
may have followed some convention and sheet music or suggestions as to
what would be an appropriate piece may have been sent with the reels.
Moreover, there was undoubtedly some extempore playing by the resident
picture house musician. Folk knowledgeable in this field to whom I have
so far spoken fiddle about silently when the topic is broached. Looks
like there's a PhD in it for someone.

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