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Re: Branagh H5
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1631  Wednesday, 27 June 2001

[1]     From:   Sean Lawrence <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 26 Jun 2001 09:29:33 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.1611 Re: Branagh H5

[2]     From:   Arthur D L Lindley <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 27 Jun 2001 09:57:42 +0800
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.1611 Re: Branagh H5


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From:           Sean Lawrence <
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Date:           Tuesday, 26 Jun 2001 09:29:33 -0700
Subject: 12.1611 Re: Branagh H5
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1611 Re: Branagh H5

Andrew White argues that

>As for the 'Non Nobis' processional -- it probably did look triumphalist
>for British audiences under Thatcher, but even American audiences under
>Reagan could understand that the triumphalism was compromised by
>hangings and executions of one's own.

I have a hard time imagining the burial of dead, innocent victims as
"triumphalist" in any society.  As I understand it, moreover, the
distinction between triumph and burying the dead, was realized in
Thatcher's Britain, when Robert Runcie refused to perform a mass of
triumph and insisted on having a memorial service for the dead on both
sides, instead.

By the way, I tend to think of the difference between Olivier's and
Branagh's version following, in part, from the distance of war in the
1980s versus the 1940s.  Branagh has to actually show the horrors of
war, where Olivier can merely suggest them.

Cheers,
Se

 

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