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Re: MoV Quoted in THE PIANIST by Polanski
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0266  Thursday, 13 February 2003

[1]     From:   Larry Weiss <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 12 Feb 2003 10:13:13 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.0258 Re: MoV Quoted in THE PIANIST by Polanski

[2]     From:   Peter Donaldson <
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        Date:   Thursday, 13 Feb 2003 09:31:01 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.0243 Re: MoV Quoted in THE PIANIST by Polanski


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From:           Larry Weiss <
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Date:           Wednesday, 12 Feb 2003 10:13:13 -0500
Subject: 14.0258 Re: MoV Quoted in THE PIANIST by Polanski
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0258 Re: MoV Quoted in THE PIANIST by Polanski

"In a very different tone, there is the climactic, and complicated,
scene

>in "To Be Or Not To Be" (Lubitsch, 1942, reworked by Mel Brooks, 1983),
>in which Greenberg delivers "Hath not a Jew..." directly to "Hitler."

I recall that in the Lubitsch version "a Jew" is revised to "we."

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From:           Peter Donaldson <
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Date:           Thursday, 13 Feb 2003 09:31:01 -0500
Subject: 14.0243 Re: MoV Quoted in THE PIANIST by Polanski
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0243 Re: MoV Quoted in THE PIANIST by Polanski

The same passage is central to Ernst Lubitsch's To Be or Not To Be,
where it is spoken directly to "Hitler" (actually Jack Benny playing
Polish actor Joseph Tura posing as Hitler) by a Jewish character in
order to create a distraction and allow an escape.  There may be earlier
cinematic instances (e.g. title cards in the silent MoV's?), but if not
Lubitsch's version, not Spielberg's , is the true originall copie.

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