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Re: Baz Luhrman Review
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.2404  Wednesday, 11 December 2002

[1]     From:   Clifford Stetner <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 10 Dec 2002 08:37:57 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.2393 Baz Luhrman Review

[2]     From:   Brian Willis <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 10 Dec 2002 10:57:47 -0800 (PST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.2393 Baz Luhrman Review

[3]     From:   Larry Weiss <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 10 Dec 2002 15:43:05 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.2393 Baz Luhrman Review

[4]     From:   Dale Lyles <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 10 Dec 2002 16:15:15 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.2393  Baz Luhrman Review

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        Date:   Tuesday, 10 Dec 2002 19:06:16 -0300
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From:           Clifford Stetner <
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Date:           Tuesday, 10 Dec 2002 08:37:57 -0500
Subject: 13.2393 Baz Luhrman Review
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.2393 Baz Luhrman Review

>P.S. Just as an aside, didn't the Prez do a dramaturgical job in his
>choice of new Sec'y of the Treasury. Who would better suited to
>overseeing the public treasure than one honest John who could Snow the
>people and even cover the Bush itself. But all concerned, especially
>those in the stock market, should watch that "in the dark/ How easy is a
>bush supposed a bear." Nancy Charlton

My tongue is swollen from all the biting I have to do to keep my posts
on topic these days. Please don't make it any harder than it is. William
the Conqueror came before Richard II, but it's Henry Kissinger now.

Best holiday wishes,
Clifford Stetner

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From:           Brian Willis <
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Date:           Tuesday, 10 Dec 2002 10:57:47 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 13.2393 Baz Luhrman Review
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.2393 Baz Luhrman Review

>While this isn't strictly Shakespeare, I suspect I
>am not the only
>subscriber to this list who received with mixed
>feelings the news that
>Baz Luhrman is mounting a production of Puccini's
>"La Boheme."  I had a
>chance to watch his R&J recently and I couldn't
>endure five minutes of
>it, and thus wondered what kind of a hash he'd make
>of Boheme. So I was
>surprised this morning to find that the NY Times has
>given it an
>unqualified rave.  Well, if not exactly a rave, at
>least unqualified!

What a shock that everyone in the critics' world doesn't hate Baz
Luhrmann and is automatically biased towards his work from the get-go.
I'm getting pretty tired of the close-minded pre-judgment of anything
that isn't strictly done within certain guidelines or rules of what
"Shakespeare', "opera", or "cinema" should be. Everyone is free to
dislike approaches but the only thing that smacks of "unqualified" is
when one predisposes themselves to hate what is different.  Why again
can't the NY Times reviewer like a production of La Boheme that might be
presented differently than it has been before? Or for that matter,
Shakespeare as it hasn't been presented before?

Brian Willis
   -not the only bitter poster on the adaptation issue

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From:           Larry Weiss <
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Date:           Tuesday, 10 Dec 2002 15:43:05 -0500
Subject: 13.2393 Baz Luhrman Review
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.2393 Baz Luhrman Review

I am less surprised.  There is an operatic quality to Lurhmann's work in
R&J (which I, too, disliked) and Moulin Rouge.  Zefferelli also butchers
Shakespeare but does a superb job in his opera mountings.  Perhaps the
common thread is that both Lurhmann and Zefferelli sacrifice language
and characterization for the sake of visual elements.

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From:           Dale Lyles <
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Date:           Tuesday, 10 Dec 2002 16:15:15 EST
Subject: 13.2393  Baz Luhrman Review
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.2393  Baz Luhrman Review

Luhrman's *Boheme* is already available on video, in the form of his
1990 Australian Opera production, on which the Bway venture is based.
It was quite good, actually, very energetic and truthful.

I am glad to see he's getting good reviews, because maybe now my
agent-to-be in NYC will believe me when I tell him my cheeky new
translation of *Marriage of Figaro* is a sure thing.  Incidentally,
SHAKSPERians will be gratified to know that I was able to work at least
two Shakespeare references into said translation, including Figaro's cri
de coeur, "Trusting in a woman--a woman!--that way lies madness!" in Act
IV.

Dale Lyles
Newnan Community Theatre Company
http://newnantheatre.com

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Date:           Tuesday, 10 Dec 2002 19:06:16 -0300
Subject: 13.2393 Baz Luhrman Review
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.2393 Baz Luhrman Review

>I had a
>chance to watch his R&J recently and I couldn't endure five minutes of
>it, and thus wondered what kind of a hash he'd make of Boheme.

The antidote to Luhrman's R&J for me is, is the Twelth Night with Ben
Kingsley as Feste.  Feste is one of the really beguiling characters in
Shakespeare for me and I had not really seen a Feste I liked until
Kingsley. Now I can forgive him for Gandi. I'm sure there are other
Festes that are just as good. I have not seen enough of this play yet. I
still have no idea what it's about.  It's like a Miro painting to me.
For example, "Here's a fun squiggle. Don't know what its doing here but
it sure seems to fit." A friend of mine once said "Art is a mess you
can't clean up."  I often find Ilyria a truly strange country.  Maybe
you have to live there to get it. It seems to proceed with inexplicable
aplomb as French people do to first time visitors to Paris.  I ramble!
But we have already shredded Leo enough enow for his Romeo.

John Zuill

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