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Re: Movie Question
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0223  Monday, 28 January 2002

From:           Martin Steward <
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Date:           Monday, 28 Jan 2002 10:30:17 -0000
Subject: 13.0192 Re: Movie Question
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0192 Re: Movie Question

After rewatching "Looking for Richard", I take back the impressions
which somehow I took from my initial experience. Sean's point about the
boar-hunt is probably the best example of a sequence that makes nonsense
of my original contention. Nevertheless, the contribution of Emrys Jones
is even more vapid than I remembered. The point at which he struggles to
think of a reason why Richard should want to marry Lady Anne reveals a
simple lack of common sense, and a failure to look forward to Henry
VII's marriage with Elizabeth of York as an example of the same dynamic.
They both needed to be King of England, not just "first among
Yorkists/Lancastrians".

John Drakakis thought it was laughable that "Al Pacino had to have the
'sun/son' pun in the opening soliloquy explained to him". No, he didn't.
The anticipated audience of the film needed to have that explained to
them - several times t is said that the film is meant to introduce
Shakespeare to people who would not otherwise experience it. The fact
that Pacino allows these things to be "explained" to him on screen
reveals his self-effacing honesty in pursuit of his project, not his
dullness.

M

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