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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0458  Tuesday, 11 March 2003

[1]     From:   Richard Burt <
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        Date:   Thursday, 06 Mar 2003 07:33:27 -0500
        Subj:   "Bawdy Bard" Playboy 10/'66

[2]     From:   Marcia Eppich-Harris <
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        Date:   Thursday, 6 Mar 2003 08:21:22 -0600
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.0441 Shakespeare Pop

[3]     From:   Marcia Eppich-Harris <
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        Date:   Thursday, 6 Mar 2003 08:21:22 -0600
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.0441 Shakespeare Pop

[4]     From:   Richard Burt <
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        Date:   Friday, 07 Mar 2003 18:34:18 -0500
        Subj:   Shakespeare Wallah DVD

[5]     From:   Richard Burt <
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        Date:   Friday, 07 Mar 2003 18:43:01 -0500
        Subj:   Sexspeare Review; Hotel O Part Two out

[6]     From:   Richard Burt <
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        Date:   Saturday, 08 Mar 2003 20:31:05 -0500
        Subj:   Measure for Measure. Or, As You Like It. NY Times on NYC real
estate

[7]     From:   Richard Burt <
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        Date:   Sunday, 09 Mar 2003 09:01:10 -0500
        Subj:   The Master's Disciple as a Barefoot Hamlet--NY Times Review of
ballet

[8]     From:   Richard Burt <
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        Date:   Monday, 10 Mar 2003 15:53:34 -0500
        Subj:   Notorious PhD --f.y.i. "He can do rap and Shakespeare."



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From:           Richard Burt <
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Date:           Thursday, 06 Mar 2003 07:33:27 -0500
Subject:        "Bawdy Bard" Playboy 10/'66

In the October 1966 issue of Playboy, there is a "photographic satire"
of some lines from various plays.  (The lines are juxtaposed with photos
of people in various stages of undress to produce comic readings of the
lines.)  The piece is called "The Bawdy Bard" and may be found on pp.
135-141.

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From:           Marcia Eppich-Harris <
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Date:           Thursday, 6 Mar 2003 08:21:22 -0600
Subject: 14.0441 Shakespeare Pop
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0441 Shakespeare Pop

On Saturday, March 1, I ran across an episode of Mystery Science Theater
3000 on Comedy Central that was "reviewing" a German  production of
Hamlet (I think it was German) starring Maxamillion Schell. I only
caught the last fifteen minutes or so, but it was pretty great. The
production left out Fortinbras, so the MST3K folk had a bit about that
at the end of the show.  For those of you who haven't seen the show,
MST3K is a show in which a futuristic guy on a spaceship and two robots
watch old B movies and have a running commentary throughout, making fun
of them. It can be pretty bad sometimes, but generally, I find it
entertaining. The worst part is watching the movie! (I had thought that
most of the time they used old horror films, but I guess anything is up
for grabs if they're using Hamlet.)

Cheers,
Marcia Eppich-Harris

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From:           Richard Burt <
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Date:           Friday, 07 Mar 2003 09:18:04 -0500
Subject:        Throne of Blood DVD

There is a French DVD of Throne of Blood with some great extras,
including AK, a wonderful documentary by Chris Marker (of La Jetee and
Sans Soleil fame) on the making of Ran.

Intertitles in French only, and the documentary is also in French, w/out
English subtitles.  The DVD may be ordered from amazon.fr

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From:           Richard Burt <
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Date:           Friday, 07 Mar 2003 18:34:18 -0500
Subject:        Shakespeare Wallah DVD

The DVD of this long out of print (on video) film will be released in
the UK on April 28.  Region 2 (PAL) only.

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Date:           Friday, 07 Mar 2003 18:43:01 -0500
Subject:        Sexspeare Review; Hotel O Part Two out

Based on the covers and the credited stars on the front cover, I thought
this might be another Live Nude Shakespeare. It isn't.  It's actually
one of the more inventive Shakespeare porns to have come along.  The
film begins with Shakespeare's twenty-fourth direct descendent, William
Sexspeare, who explains how Shakespeare had to change his name form
Sexspeare to Shakespeare.  Sexspeare appears before and after each of
five sex scenes, including the gravedigger's scene from Hamlet, the
scene with Titania and Bottom in her bower in MND, the balcony scene
from R and J, the sleepwalking scene from Macbeth, and the first witches
scene from Macbeth (with just two of the witches).  The dialogue mixes
made up dialogue with lines from the plays, most of which are given a
bawdy (re)interpretation.

Hotel O Part Two has also been released recently (I was not involved),
and Shakespeare again appears as a character.

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Date:           Saturday, 08 Mar 2003 20:31:05 -0500
Subject:        Measure for Measure. Or, As You Like It. NY Times on NYC real
estate

Measure for Measure. Or, As You Like It.
By NADINE BROZAN

Of all the qualities that can be ascribed to a given apartment or house,
square footage ought to be among the most straightforward. Like a mirror
or a camera, it is safe to assume, a tape measure does not deceive,
leaving little reason to debate the number of square feet a residence
contains.

March 9, 2003

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/03/09/realestate/09COV.html

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From:           Richard Burt <
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Date:           Sunday, 09 Mar 2003 09:01:10 -0500
Subject:        The Master's Disciple as a Barefoot Hamlet--NY Times Review of
ballet

March 9, 2003
The Master's Disciple as a Barefoot Hamlet
By VALERIE GLADSTONE

LONDON

THE dancer Adam Cooper was rehearsing "Sea of Troubles," Kenneth
MacMillan's little-known ballet masterpiece that was inspired by
Shakespeare's "Hamlet," in the bright, spacious studios of the English
National Ballet here recently. Soon he joined the other dancers in a
turbulent sequence: they rolled on the floor, entwined in one another's
limbs, until the men extricated themselves and lifted the women over
their heads, as if trying to rescue them. Even in a navy blue sweatshirt
and sweatpants, he looked princely.

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/03/09/arts/dance/09GLAD.html

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Date:           Monday, 10 Mar 2003 15:53:34 -0500
Subject:        Notorious PhD --f.y.i. "He can do rap and Shakespeare."

LA Times

http://www.calendarlive.com/cl-et-baker10mar10.story

Notorious PhD
Todd Boyd takes his cues from rap as a classroom provocateur.
By Bob Baker, Times Staff Writer

There are times when Todd Boyd's persona -- the tenured Todd Boyd
professor as hip-hop artist -- is irresistible.

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