2002

Luhrmann, R+J, and George Lucas

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1633  Monday, 15 July 2002

From:           Mike Jensen <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Friday, 12 Jul 2002 09:06:50 -0700
Subject:        Luhrmann, R+J, and George Lucas

Those who insist that Baz Luhrmann didn't like using Shakespeare's
dialogue in his film version of *R+J* might want to see the 12 July San
Francisco Chronicle.  There is a report of his local after dinner speech
here:
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2002/07/12/DD218061.DTL

Here are the relevant paragraphs.

>>>The Australian repeatedly expressed his gratitude to George Lucas, with whom he'd spent the day at Lucas' Marin County headquarters...

In response to the hostess' post-dinner welcome, Luhrmann recalled
spending some time doing post-production work on "Romeo and Juliet" at
Lucas' Skywalker Ranch seven years ago. He'd gone there at a time he was
particularly worried about the movie, he said, when Hollywood thinkers
were telling him, for example, that it might be a good idea if he cut
out most of the Shakespearean dialogue.

At the ranch, he said, he found a place to work, a nurturing environment
and a way to complete the movie. Returning to the Bay Area, he said,
made him feel he'd come full cycle.<<<

And with that, I'm off for Santa Cruz,
Mike Jensen

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Arthur

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1632  Monday, 15 July 2002

From:           Don Bloom <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Friday, 12 Jul 2002 10:19:17 -0500
Subject:        Arthur

Somewhat indirectly related to *King John* is the question of why Arthur
has that name. Everybody else has something either Biblical or
Frenchified Germanic. Granted that this was the heyday of Matter of
Britain romances, but the name seems to come out of left field.

Anyone out there know?

Thanks,
Don

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Video: Private Lives of Elizabeth I

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1630  Monday, 15 July 2002

From:           Christa Jansohn <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Friday, 12 Jul 2002 15:05:12 +0200
Subject:        Video: Private Lives of Elizabeth I

I am desperately looking for a copy of The Private Lives of Elizabeth I
(Video, 1939, PAL or NTSC). If anyone can help me, I will, of course,
pay for any expenses.

Thanks
Christa Jansohn

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Re: Duke as Count

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1631  Monday, 15 July 2002

From:           Don Bloom <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Friday, 12 Jul 2002 09:31:09 -0500
Subject: 13.1562 Re: Duke as Count
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1562 Re: Duke as Count

I suppose it was inevitable that I would be misunderstood on this
subject, and sent to consult Partridge (whom I have all but memorized
over the years), and accused of thinking that Shakespeare would never
commit lewdness or something. So I'll try again, because I think the
point worth making.

I consider the putative joke on Malvolio -- that he inadvertently spells
out c-u-n-t, to the great delight of at least part of the audience -- to
be hopelessly cheap, not shockingly lewd. On the one hand, it is
unnecessary.  Malvolio's self-aggrandizement through fantasy and
self-deception through reading the anonymous letter are very funny
without any such joke. On the other hand, humor based solely on the
shock value of tabooed words remains silly and tawdry no matter who
writes it.

It's possible, if we could ring up the author and ask him about it, he
would say, "Sure. I tossed that in. Got a big laugh, too." To which I
could only reply, "Right, Will. Sure wish you hadn't." A man who could
make as many wild and wonderful lewd puns as WS hardly needed to stoop
to something as obvious and irrelevant as spelling out a tabooed word.
That does not mean he didn't; just that he didn't need to.

(Before somebody pounces, I am aware of those who feel that this joke is
neither silly nor tawdry, but profound and relevant like the coarseness
of Mercutio. I can't supply any answer to that. They see it one way, I
another.  I like my lewdness either subtle or crazy.)

(Sorry to be so late in responding. I have been otherwise occupied and
am only now catching up.)

Cheers,
Don

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A Message from the Editor: Update

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1629  Monday, 15 July 2002

From:           Hardy M. Cook <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Monday, July 15, 2002
Subject:        A Message from the Editor: Update

Dear SHAKSPEReans:

I am pleased to report that since my hissy fit of late May the work of
editing the SHAKSPER digests has taken me on average an hour or less a
day. This is a very manageable workload for me, and I would like to
thank the members for being more deliberate about submissions and by
being sensitive to my need to spend more of my time on my scholarly
projects. I am also pleased to report that I have completed my seminar
paper for the International Conference in August, I have made
substantial progress on my edition of the POEMS, I have been asked to
contribute an essay on Shakespeare and the Internet to a collection, and
I will be reviewing Anthony West


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