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Re: Romeo+Juliet=0
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0999  Wednesday, 10 April 2002

[1]     From:   Marcus Dahl <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 9 Apr 2002 12:07:13 EDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.0990 Re: Romeo+Juliet=0

[2]     From:   David Evett <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 9 Apr 2002 15:34:40 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.0990 Re: Romeo+Juliet=0


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From:           Marcus Dahl <
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Date:           Tuesday, 9 Apr 2002 12:07:13 EDT
Subject: 13.0990 Re: Romeo+Juliet=0
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0990 Re: Romeo+Juliet=0

Dear All

I wonder if all the despisers of 'Romeo+Juliet' would have been equally
repelled by Verdi's Othello/ Falstaff or Beethoven's Fidelio in their
day...(or for that matter any musical / romantic / altered version of
Shakespeare) ...surely the reworking for the modern audience of a
Shakespeare play is rather good if people like it and there is a sense
(however diluted) of what the play might be about / for...(particularly
if the re-performance is inspired or inspires). For those of you who
have seen Luhrman's Moulin Rouge - it is interesting to think of the
modern musical / visual director as a kind of Guilbert and Sullivan of
Shakespeare - or for those who want to push it, as the producer of
modern Opera. Ok so Moulin Rouge is not La Boheme but I bet more people
this year have seen it, thought about it, sung along to the tunes than
saw the Opera in Covent Garden.

Though I'm not nearly so big a fan of the masses as might be supposed in
this case there is something to be said for the genius of the moment and
the transcription of the arts across time and into the popular
consciousness.

Best,
Marcus

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From:           David Evett <
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Date:           Tuesday, 9 Apr 2002 15:34:40 -0400
Subject: 13.0990 Re: Romeo+Juliet=0
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0990 Re: Romeo+Juliet=0

> I have one question here as it relates to this entire line of Movie vs.
> Stage heavyweight title bout that has been going on for the last few
> weeks: . . . Specifically based on the comments below, does this mean
>Shakespeare
> only works if done with a British accent and on an exact replica of the
> Globe

More precisely, in the accent(?s) of c. 1590-1615-whatever it/they might
have been, and using the theatrical conventions-speaking styles, acting
styles, costume styles, musical styles, audience behavior styles-of the
public theaters in London c. 1590-1615?  The question is a good one,
because it requires us to see that trying to retrieve some ideal
performance of *Shrew* or *Winter's Tale* is hopeless and perhaps
useless.  I have a question of my own for those on the list who have
seen most or all of the productions at the New Globe: at this stage do
you have any sense as to whether there has been any correlation between
success of productions (whatever that might mean) and intensity of
historicizing effort?  I can imagine the imposition of standards of
historicity having a positive effect on the production process:
inventive responses to arbitrary constraints of one kind and another lie
at the base of all successful art.  But they can also just make people
be clumsy or tired or angry.

I was interested to see Charles Weinstein retreat a little from his
blanket condemnation of filmed Shakespeare to particular distaste for
the acting of Leonardo DeCap and Inclement Danes.  But the things about
their work he despises are part and parcel of the whole Lurhmann
enterprise.

David Evett

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