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Re: Movie Question
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0173  Friday, 25 January 2002

[1]     From:   John Drakakis <
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        Date:   Thursday, 24 Jan 2002 15:42:35 -0000
        Subj:   RE: SHK 13.0165 Re: Movie Question

[2]     From:   Michael Meyers <
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        Date:   Thursday, 24 Jan 2002 09:54:15 -0600
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.0165 Re: Movie Question

[3]     From:   Martin Steward <
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        Date:   Friday, 25 Jan 2002 10:31:49 -0000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.0165 Re: Movie Question


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From:           John Drakakis <
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Date:           Thursday, 24 Jan 2002 15:42:35 -0000
Subject: 13.0165 Re: Movie Question
Comment:        RE: SHK 13.0165 Re: Movie Question

It WAS Everett and Jones on the screen, and if my memory serves me
correctly their interventions were very heavily satirised...as indeed
they deserved to be.

Cheers,
John Drakakis

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From:           Michael Meyers <
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Date:           Thursday, 24 Jan 2002 09:54:15 -0600
Subject: 13.0165 Re: Movie Question
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0165 Re: Movie Question

Gabriel Egan <
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> It is well known that the American film industry cannot provide roles
> for all the actors who want to work in it

Hmmm, I didn't know that the American film industry was supposed to
"provide roles for all the actors who want to work in it".   I just
don't understand blaming the film industry when it seems to me that the
real issue is too many actors desiring to work in the film industry.

Regards,
Michael

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From:           Martin Steward <
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Date:           Friday, 25 Jan 2002 10:31:49 -0000
Subject: 13.0165 Re: Movie Question
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0165 Re: Movie Question

Ah yes. Gabriel Egan has caught me napping more than once on the last
couple of rounds of postings. There were professional academics in
"Looking for Richard", so I was wrong to say that it was "free from
academic intrusion". What I meant was that the academics did not appear
to have much creative input, because the points they made were only
tangential to the project of putting on a convincing production of the
play/film. No doubt list-members will disagree. My hand is up - I will
dig out my copy of the video ASAP and watch it again (always the best
remedy for one's fuzzy opinions).

As for Nahum Tate's Lear, I accept that it is not THAT bad. But
Shakespeare's is one of the crowning achievements of world literature.
By that measure, it seems perverse for Tate to have exhumed a precedent
version. Of course, it always makes sense to try to re-examine old
stories in new ways (like the modernized "Othello" which the list has
been discussing recently); but faced with a play that improves upon the
precedent version, why not attempt to re-write it in the spirit of that
improvement? (the concluding clause from the previous paragraph applies
here as well...)

m

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