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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0334  Thursday, 20 February 2003

[1]     From:   Richard Burt <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 19 Feb 2003 09:26:32 -0500
        Subj:   More Shakespeare citations in film, t.v., radio, etc.

[2]     From:   Judy Kennedy <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 19 Feb 2003 16:07:01 -0400
        Subj:   Pop culture?

[3]     From:   Richard Burt <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 19 Feb 2003 22:03:02 -0500
        Subj:   More Shakespop

[4]     From:   Richard Burt <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 19 Feb 2003 22:32:28 -0500
        Subj:   Gulf War I Marine memoir and Hamlet


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From:           Richard Burt <
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Date:           Wednesday, 19 Feb 2003 09:26:32 -0500
Subject:        More Shakespeare citations in film, t.v., radio, etc.

The Soundman (a film in the film called Dead Cowboys is a Western
version of Hamlet--we hear the "to be or not to be" soliloquy).

The New Adventures of Charlie Chan, "Hamlet in Flames."  A Nazi extorts
a "Folio" edition of Hamlet and then had the French owner executed.
Years later, the Nazi puts the book on the market and . ...

Lights Out "Curtain Call."  A Shakespearean actor who has (apparently)
killed his wife also threatens to kill his daughter (also an actor), who
commits suicide.  Then either the ghosts of his wife and daughter lure
him to jump unknowingly to his death, or he goes mad (hallucinating the
voices) and kills himself.

(My thanks to Mike Jensen for calling my attention to an online business
that sells tapes of the above two and some others.)

David Sedaris, Box set of CDs. On the "Naked" CD, Sedaris talks about
Hamlet in the "The Drama Bug" section on tracks 9-11.

Time Flies.  A  British comedy set in NYC in which the characters go
back in time to Elizabethan London.  They meet Shakespeare.

Frozen Ghost (1944)  Kind of like the later House of Wax, and Vincent
Price's helper in that film stars here as the villain.  A detective
cites Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet when looking at the "Shakespeare
collection" of wax figures.

Harold Lloyd, dir. Girl Shy [1924]. Lloyd revisits a publisher to whom
he has submitted his mss and sees a large bust of Shakespeare behind the
publisher's desk.  Anticipating huge success, Lloyd then imagines a
similar bust of himself next to the bust of Shakespeare.  The film is
available from BFI and may be ordered on Amazon.co.uk (PAL only).  The
moment I mention here occurs about 50 minutes into the film.

Nymph, 1995, dir. Paul Thomas.  Vivid.

To explain to Daphne (Chasey Lain), a promiscuous water nymph, what love
is, her human boyfriend, Nick (Vince Voyeur) gets out his copy of
Shakespeare's collected works and reads, without giving the exact
citation or the source:

It is to be all made of sighs and tears. . . .

It is to be all made of faith and service. . . .

It is to be all made of fantasy,

All made of passion and all made of wishes,

All adoration, duty, and observance,

All humbleness, all patience and impatience,

All purity, all trial, all observance;

And so am I for [Daphne].

Silvius about Phebe in As You Like It, 5.2.

Naughty College Student Girls 19, last episode (#5) begins with a woman
named Krystal quizzing her boyfriend about Romeo and Juliet.

The ad copy on the back of Hustler's Precious Pink #2 mentions
Shakespeare, but there is no Shakespeare in the film.

To Bi or Not to Bi. dir. Karen Dior 2003.  VHS only, as far as I know.

Haven't seen it, so I have no idea if it has anything more to do with
Hamlet or Shakespeare.

Sexspeare: The Uncensored Lusty Works of William Sexspeare. Starring
Petra, Hollywood, Aurora Snow, Drew Barrymore, Gala Cruz, Caramel, and
Nikki Night.  To be released Feb. 26, 2003.  Jill Kelly Productions.
(in Feb 2003, AVN p. 91.)

NPR February 14, 2003 (Valentine's Day); music clips and commentary from
Romeo and Juliet music by Tchaikovsky, Bizet, Leonard Bernstein, and
Prokofiev.

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From:           Judy Kennedy <
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Date:           Wednesday, 19 Feb 2003 16:07:01 -0400
Subject:        Pop culture?

Do mysteries count as pop culture?  The Shakespeare reference in the
paragraph below was not heralded or identified by the context or the
punctuation.  To my amusement, one of the favoured emendations to this
Shakespearean phrase among an avalanche of them accumulated over the
centuries, is 'wondrous black snow.'

Margaret Maron, ~_Southern Discomfort_ (1993), one of a series of
mysteries set in North Carolina, p. 33:

"I'll bet you a dollar she's a closet Republican," Minnie, my
sister-in-law and a yellow-dog Democrat, said . . . . .

Minnie's usually a political realist, but she has a hard time
understanding why any black person would, of her own volition,
deliberately choose to join the same party as Jessie Helms, Strom
Thurmond or David Duke.  For Minnie, a black Republican was hot ice and
wondrous strange snow indeed.

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From:           Richard Burt <
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Date:           Wednesday, 19 Feb 2003 22:03:02 -0500
Subject:        More Shakespop

My daughter alerted me to the episode of Lizzie McGuire below as well as
a recent episode of the animated series Fairly OddParents [sic] in which
Shakespeare is conjured up to help the main character.

 Lizzie McGuire
 Episode 46. Lizzie in the Middle
 gs: Frankie Muniz (Himself) Clayton Snyder (Ethan Kraft)
 Kyle J. Downes (Larry Tudgeman) Arvie Lowe Jr. (Mr. Dig)
 Bill La Mond (Reporter) William Keane (Photographer)

Lizzie is in class reading lines from Romeo and Juliet with Ethan when
an old acquaintance of Mr. Dig's comes in--it's Frankie Muniz, star of
Malcolm in the Middle! Frankie is transfixed by Lizzie, and when Miranda
comes to lunch, she's surprised to find Lizzie and Gordo sitting there
eating with Frankie! After some small talk, Frankie asks Lizzie out.
Miranda and Gordo are shocked when Lizzie doesn't answer. She finally
says "I don't know," at which point a mob of students descends on
Frankie, looking for autographs.

At home Lizzie tells Miranda and Gordo she's not going out with Frankie
because they live in "different worlds." Miranda argues that she should
get to know him and give him a chance. When Lizzie's parents hear about
the situation, they're split: Dad says no way should she date a movie
star, Mom says yes. Matt volunteers to head Lizzie's "entourage" that
she'll need as the girlfriend of someone famous. Frankie comes to the
door hoping to convince Lizzie to give him another chance. He spends the
day with the McGuires playing games, and Lizzie tells him to meet her,
Gordo and Miranda at the Digital Bean the next day.

At the coffeehouse, photographers and reporters are crawling all over
the place--they even know who Lizzie is! Frankie arrives in disguise,
but Lizzie blows his cover by calling out his name. Again, everyone mobs
Frankie. Gordo and Miranda reluctantly join Lizzie in helping him
escape.  Lizzie and Frankie try to enjoy themselves elsewhere, but as
always, there are reporters and photographers everywhere.

At school on Monday, Gordo and Miranda are very cool to Lizzie. They
weren't able to reach her all weekend because she was with her famous
boyfriend. Lizzie counters that they encouraged her to get to know
Frankie and that she hates being famous herself, but there is still a
definite rift between Lizzie and her friends. Back at home, Matt is
giving the media a tour of the house and auctioning off some of Lizzie's
possessions! Mr. and Mrs. McGuire put a stop to that. Lizzie tells her
mom how bad her life has become since she became "famous" and says she
will end it with Frankie. Just then Frankie arrives, and before Lizzie
can tell him anything he apologizes to her for wrecking her life They
agree that they won't see each other regularly. But Frankie has a gift
for Lizzie. He gets her onto the set of his new TV-movie "Rosen's Deal"
(along with Gordo and Miranda, who apologize to Lizzie). She even gets a
line in the movie!

 b: 23-Aug-2002 pc: 223 w: Nina G. Bargiel & Jeremy J. Bargiel d: Savage
Steve Holland

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Date:           Wednesday, 19 Feb 2003 22:32:28 -0500
Subject:        Gulf War I Marine memoir and Hamlet

From a review in NY Times, Feb. 19, of JARHEAD
A Marine's Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles
By Anthony Swofford

Mr. Swofford, who served in a United States Marine Corps Surveillance
and Target Acquisition/Scout-Sniper platoon during the operation known
as Desert Storm, drinks, carries on and trash-talks with the rowdiest of
his comrades. But he is also the one who reads the "Iliad," "The
Stranger" and "Hamlet" in his spare time, and he has found in his own
book a narrative voice that accommodates both parts of his temperament:
an irreverent but meditative voice that captures both the juiced-up
machismo of jarhead culture and the existential loneliness of combat.

--"A Warrior Haunted by Ghosts of Battle"
By MICHIKO KAKUTANI

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