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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0398  Thursday, 27 February 2003

[1]     From:   Peter D. Holland <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 26 Feb 2003 09:52:21 -0500
        Subj:   Shakespop

[2]     From:   Candace Lines <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 26 Feb 2003 12:28:04 -0500
        Subj:   RE: SHK 14.0374 Shakepoparamabop

[3]     From:   Richard Burt <
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        Date:   Thursday, 27 Feb 2003 08:39:58 -0500
        Subj:   Much Ado in Boston Public


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From:           Peter D. Holland <
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Date:           Wednesday, 26 Feb 2003 09:52:21 -0500
Subject:        Shakespop

I swore I wouldn't add to the accumulating hoard of references to
Shakespeare in popular culture but last night's chance encounter was so
extraordinary I can't obey my own rule.

In *Burden of Dreams*, a superb documentary about the making of Werner
Herzog's film *Fitzcarraldo*, it became apparent that at an early stage
Mick Jagger was cast as Wilfred, an actor who supported Fitzcarraldo,
then played by Jason Robards (whose illness halted filming and resulted
in the role being recast and Jagger's character being cut completely).
In a clip from a take, Jagger as Wilfred is seen speaking the following
lines from *Richard III* to Robards as Fitzcarraldo:

And therefore since I cannot prove a lover
To entertain these fair well-spoken days,
I am determined to prove a villain
And hate the idle pleasures of these days (1.1.28-31).

The moment clearly shows that either Wilfred or Jagger or both are
terrible Shakespeare actors.

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From:           Candace Lines <
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Date:           Wednesday, 26 Feb 2003 12:28:04 -0500
Subject: 14.0374 Shakepoparamabop
Comment:        RE: SHK 14.0374 Shakepoparamabop

Another bit of pop Shakespeare: a running thread in the just-concluded
final season of HBO's program Oz (set in a prison) was a production of
Macbeth acted by the prisoners. Throughout the season we saw glimpses of
rehearsals (which were plagued by several Macbeths in a row getting
murdered).  Eventually, one of the show's main villains was cast as
Macbeth, and the show's "hero," or closest thing to it, as Macduff.
These two characters had been feuding for years, and "Macbeth" actually
had murdered one of "Macduff's" children. It was really rather powerful
to see them face off.  And the approach to the whole play seemed
interesting, from what little was shown of it-the witches were judges,
the characters fought with prison-made knives instead of swords, etc.

Candace Lines
Department of English
Howard University

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From:           Richard Burt <
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Date:           Thursday, 27 Feb 2003 08:39:58 -0500
Subject:        Much Ado in Boston Public

Another reference from a student:

Feb 25, Tuesday 2003. Episode of "Boston Public" had reference to Much
Ado About Nothing. There was a reference to the Kevin Branagh's film
adaptation of the play. So, one more way that you can see the transition
from one medium to another in popular teen culture.

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