The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0482 Tuesday, 19 February 2002
Date: Tuesday, 19 Feb 2002 21:04:26 +1100
Subject: 13.0463 Michael Rubbo's "Much Ado About Something"
Comment: Re: SHK 13.0463 Michael Rubbo's "Much Ado About Something"
Mike Rubbo is himself a charming and disarming man, if not really au
fait with much Shakespeare scholarship, and has what I, as a working
fiction writer myself, consider to be a rather naive and mechanistic
view of what literary creativity actually means, and is (he is for
example exercised by the notion of imagination itself--how can a person
write about Italy if he hasn't been there, etc).
The film (which I saw in its initial rushes)is indeed an entertainment,
the Marlovians are eccentric rather than strident, and to any
intelligent and educated person, it's obvious that WS' laurels are
fairly safe. However--we live in a neo-medieval age of mythmaking and
reinvention, not to speak questioning of all authority, of any kind, and
what seems to be entertainment to us is seen as hard and fast
information for many.
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