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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.2342  Wednesday, 27 November 2002

[1]     From:   Doug Lanier <
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        Date:   Monday, 25 Nov 2002 11:00:52 -0500
        Subj:   Shakespop Reference

[2]     From:   Richard Burt
        Date:   Tuesday, November 26, 2002 7:24 PM
        Subj:   Julius Caesar in The Emperor's Club

[3]     From:   Richard Burt <
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        Date:   Monday, 25 Nov 2002 12:57:29 -0500
        Subj:   Re: A UK gangster film redo of King Lear

[4]     From:   Richard Burt <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 26 Nov 2002 08:45:27 -0500
        Subj:   Forthcoming Hollywood / Bollywood Hamlet film?


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From:           Doug Lanier <
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Date:           Monday, 25 Nov 2002 11:00:52 -0500
Subject:        Shakespop Reference

In the episode of RAW (a wrestling show) shown on November 18, 2002, a
key match involved a bout between a wrestler named "The Trainer" and
Chris Harvard, a love-to-hate-'em character who is a parody of
intellectual arrogance.  (He never tires of telling the audience he was
educated at Harvard.)  The match was entitled "The School of Hard
Knocks," and it involved a free-for-all battle between the two wrestlers
in which they get to use all kinds of objects they toss into the ring.
The Trainer used a garbage can, a broom, and other janitorial supplies;
among other items, Chris Harvard used a globe, a chalkboard, and a
skeleton.

Harvard used the legbone from the skeleton to whack his opponent.  But
when he took off the skull to use it to finish The Trainer off, he
glanced at the skull and immediately assumed the "Alas, poor Yorick"
pose.  It's perhaps needless to say that The Trainer took advantage of
this moment of intellectual reverie to bash Chris Harvard silly.  For
those interested in the final outcome of the match, Chris Harvard won.
On the chalkboard he wrote in triumph, "Brains over Brawn."

A parable for our times.  No, I didn't tape it.

Cheers,
Douglas Lanier

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From:           Richard Burt
Date:           Tuesday, November 26, 2002 7:24 PM
Subject:        Julius Caesar in The Emperor's Club

Julius Caesar is in many ways at the center of the Michael Hoffman film,
The Emperor's Club, a kind of updated and darker version of Dead Poets
Society meets Election. It's based on a short story by Ethan Canin
called The Palace Thief. In this case, Kevin Kline plays a prep school
(all boys) classics teacher, Mr. Hundert, who moderates an annual "Mr.
Julius Caesar" competition where the three best students compete for the
honor being Mr.  Julius Caesar. In a key scene, the students discuss
Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, and a "problem" student named Sedgwick Bell
who has been assigned Brutus's part faults the conspirators' plot. They
should have killed Marc Antony, in his view. Hundert is shocked, and the
two have a brief debate over morality and power. The students all have
copies of the play, and a bust of Shakespeare figures prominently in a
number of shots (also at the end of the film in the same classroom).
Shakespeare

 

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