The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0516 Thursday, 21 February 2002
Date: Wednesday, 20 Feb 2002 14:04:34 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 13.0482 Re: Michael Rubbo's "Much Ado About Something"
Comment: Re: SHK 13.0482 Re: Michael Rubbo's "Much Ado About Something"
Sophie Masson wrote,
> 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.
A fair number of people under 30 appear to consider Oliver Stone's _JFK_
to be a relatively sober, responsible retelling of the events
surrounding President Kennedy's death.
What "really" happened at Pearl Harbor may matter less now than what the
younger country thinks happened there, thanks to the recent blockbuster.
I wouldn't be surprised if a large number of people today half-believe
that R&J was in fact composed as the result of a love affair with a
noblewoman who joined Shakespeare's troupe!
These days, the medium isn't just the message -- it's what passes for
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