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Re: BBC Series
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0213  Thursday, 6 February 2003

[1]     From:   Dale Lyles <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 5 Feb 2003 10:27:02 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.0206  Re: BBC Series

[2]     From:   Annalisa Castaldo <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 05 Feb 2003 13:05:13 -0500
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[3]     From:   Herb Weil <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 5 Feb 2003 22:45:44 -0600
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From:           Dale Lyles <
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Date:           Wednesday, 5 Feb 2003 10:27:02 EST
Subject: 14.0206  Re: BBC Series
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0206  Re: BBC Series

All right, I will stick my neck out and say I rather admired the *King
Lear*.  I thought Michael Hordern was searing in the role, and I liked
the mise-en-scene.  However, I thought Frank Middlemass seriously
botched the Fool, yelling his lines into unintelligibility-a pity, since
I thought the rest of the production intelligently acted.

*Midsummer*, on the other hand, was an abortion from beginning to end.

Dale

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From:           Annalisa Castaldo <
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Date:           Wednesday, 05 Feb 2003 13:05:13 -0500
Subject: 14.0206 Re: BBC Series
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0206 Re: BBC Series

"Don't bother with Winter's Tale - very dull."

In general I agree, but I think the statue scene is well done. And while
I agree that the BBC series tries much, much too play Shakespeare
"straight", I still find the films very useful in the classroom. Since
the students are usually reading a play for the first time, and since
they have not seen other versions, they respond well to scenes, if not
to the 31/2 hour entire film.

The interesting question, to me at least, is what possessed otherwise
intelligent people to believe that the best way to do Shakespeare was to
pretend that there is no interpretive work needed, and that if actors
just put on costumes and spoke the lines in order, it would be the same
as actually directing.

Annalisa Castaldo

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From:           Herb Weil <
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Date:           Wednesday, 5 Feb 2003 22:45:44 -0600
Subject: 14.0206 Re: BBC Series
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0206 Re: BBC Series

All's Well was fine with a controversial ending.  Robert Hapgood thought
Measure was best; I think Nelligan and Piggott-Smith were superb as
Isabella and Angelo, but the best were pretty weak. Henry 6 and Richard
3 have many good parts.

In the seminar I chaired for the World Congress in Stratford, John
Wilders said surprisingly that the actor playing Duke Vincentio was not
among the first 20 choices for the role.

8 papers from that seminar, including fine essays by G.K. Hunter and
Dick David are in the excellent Shak on TV, edited by Coursen and
Bulman.


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