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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0465  Wednesday, 11 March 2003

[1]     From:   Sam Small <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 11 Mar 2003 19:36:32 -0000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.0458 Pop Shakespeare

[2]     From:   Richard Burt <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 11 Mar 2003 16:26:01 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.0457 Shakespeare and Dog

[3]     From:   Richard Burt <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 11 Mar 2003 20:12:01 -0500
        Subj:   More Shakespeare Citations

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        Date:   Tuesday, 11 Mar 2003 20:15:32 -0500
        Suct:   Bloody Streetz and Lear

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        Date:   Tuesday, 11 Mar 2003 22:10:19 -0500
        Subj:   Cosby and Shakespeare

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        Date:   Tuesday, 11 Mar 2003 22:23:21 -0500
        Subj:   Anna Nicole Smith doing Shakespeare this Sunday on her ET show

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        Date:   Tuesday, 11 Mar 2003 22:37:42 -0500
        Subj:   TV Shakespeare


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From:           Sam Small <
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Date:           Tuesday, 11 Mar 2003 19:36:32 -0000
Subject: 14.0458 Pop Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0458 Pop Shakespeare

Marcia Eppich-Harris posted:  "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."

This is from their website.

We very much looked forward to doing this movie. It seems easy to do
Shakespeare badly, as this thing proves. And then we found ourselves
with the task to cut this three-hour-plus production down to our
required time of a little more than eighty minutes. Although we found
some relief in the fact that his play is astoundingly overwritten, it
did give me pause to think that we could be making a bad production
worse by chopping it. This turned out to be untrue. Bottom line is, not
even that lipless yet talented Kenneth Branaugh was able to get it
right. But I did feel this sense of import, as if we should do sketches
and jokes that were somehow more intelligent, more up to the raw
material which is Shakespearean verse at its best, full of hidden
meanings and outright puns and dirty jokes and strikingly compact
metaphors and sheer marvels of language. However my colleagues calmed me
down and came to remind me that we can't really break the play, can't
even hurt it. The Germans already tried and yet I still love the thing,
long and wordy as it is. So go ahead and try your own clown makeup
version of Hamlet.  It'll be around long after you croak. Not the clown
makeup, the play.

I love their comedy, by the way.

SAM SMALL
http://www.passioninpieces.co.uk

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Date:           Tuesday, 11 Mar 2003 16:26:01 -0500
Subject: 14.0457 Shakespeare and Dog
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0457 Shakespeare and Dog

There's discussion of a production of Shakespeare (alternately Hamlet
and Julius Caesar) with dogs as actors in the film The Ninth
Configuration. Setting is an insane asylum for Nam vets.

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Date:           Tuesday, 11 Mar 2003 20:12:01 -0500
Subject:        More Shakespeare Citations

Some films and cartoons and a video game citing Shakespeare I recently
found about while combing the imdb and other databases (I am not
including t.v. shows):

Men Are Not Gods (1936)
Ann Williams, secretary to eccentric drama critic Frederick Skeates, is
persuaded to alter a ruinous review of Shakespearean actor Edmund Davey
by Davey's wife Barbara. Davey's 'Othello' becomes a hit and Ann, even
though fired by Skeates, becomes a fan of Davey and starts to fall for
him, much to the jealousy of her boyfriend Tommy. At the prospect of
involvement in an adulterous triangle, Ann recoils; but despite her
resolution, the characters' love lives become ever more tangled and a
real-life tragedy of Othello looms...

The Falcon in Hollywood (1944)
Directed by Gordon Douglas--has a Shakespeare-quoting producer.


Fast and Loose 1939
A Shakespeare mss.

The Real Thing at Last (1916)
A UK satire on American films, in which Shakespeare's Macbeth is
performed as it might be imagined performed in an American film

Rosemary's Baby (1968)
Guy Woodhouse: Well, I did "Hamlet" a while back, didn't I, Liz? Then we
did "The Sandpiper"...

Hard Way 1991
Nick: When are you going to get me something with a little relevance, a
little social conscience, something that doesn't have a goddamn Roman
numeral in the title? You ever hear of "Hamlet III," "Midsummer Night's
IV"?
Angie: They made "Henry V"! It won awards for that little Scottish guy!

Bullets Over Broadway (1994)
Helen Sinclair: "Sylvia Poston." Even the NAME reeks of Orbach's! I do
Electra! I do Lady Macbeth! I do plays by Noel and Phil Barry, or at
least Max Anderson.

Singin' in the Rain (1952)
Don Lockwood: Oh, you're going to New York and then some day we'll all
hear of you, won't we? Kathy Selden as Juliet, as Lady Macbeth, as King
Lear. You'll have to wear a beard for that one of course.

Murder on the Orient Express (1974)
Hercule Poirot: Only by interrogating the other passengers could I hope
to see the light, but when I began to question them, the light, as
Macbeth would have said, thickened.

Rain Man (1988)
Charlie: You read MacBeth?

Brooklyn Sonnet (2000)
Toil and trouble. Jimmy, an aspiring actor, wants out of South Brooklyn
where hoods run the show. Since the death of his firefighter father,
Jimmy's family has been the guys at the station house and Tommy, a
mobster who owns a gym where Jimmy works. Tommy encourages Jimmy's
dreams, and Jimmy gets the part of Banquo in a Joseph Papps production
of "Macbeth." He goes to tell Tommy the good news and walks in on a mob
hit. Tommy protects him temporarily from Nunzio, a murderous Mamaluc,
but soon the cops get word Jimmy knows something. Can Jimmy succeed as
an actor, be a stand up guy for Tommy, avoid Nunzio, and get closer to
Anna, a woman he falls for at the theater?

Barrio Wars (2002)
A modern-day retelling of Romeo and Juliette w/a Latino flare. Angelina
and Plato want to be together, but her brother has something to say
about that!  Tensions reac a fever pitch, and before the night is over,
one love will be changed forever!

Mickey's Grand Opera (1936)
Mickey is preparing to conduct an opera when he chases Pluto away. Pluto
crashes into a magician's props backstage and spars with the hat, its
rabbits, and its doves. The opera begins: Clarabelle plays flute, Clara
and Donald are the leads in Romeo and Juliet.

Zebrahead (1992)
A Romeo and Juliet type tale based in Detroit, Michigan.

American History X (1998)
Derek Vinyard: Oh it doesn't? You don't think I see what you're trying
to do here? You think I'm gonna sit here and smile while some fuckin'
kike tries to fuck my mother? It's never gonna happen Murray, fuckin'
forget it, not on my watch, not while I'm still in this family. I will
fuckin' cut your Shylock nose off and stick it up your ass before I let
that happen.  Coming here and posion my family's dinner with your
Jewish, Nigger-lovin', hippie bullshit. Fuck you! Fuck you! Yeah, walk
out, asshole, fuckin' Cabala reading motherfucker. Get the fuck out of
my house.

Simpsons, The" (1989)
Ned Flanders: Dear Lord, please let tonight's production be better than
Othello starring Peter Marshall.

Volunteer, The (1943)
After a masterful performance as Othello in a London theater Ralph
Richardson is asked for an autograph by Fred, his dresser. A short while
later, Fred has joined the Fleet Air Arm (Fly Navy) and has become a
hero, rescuing a pilot from his burning plane. When Fred goes to
Buckingham Palace it's Ralph's turn to ask for an autograph.  Summary
written by Steve Crook {
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(1951)

Return to Glennascaul (dir. Orson Welles, 1951)
Orson Welles, taking a break from the filming of "Othello", is driving
in the Irish countryside one night when he offers a ride to a man with
car trouble. The man relates a strange event that happened to him at the
same location. Two women flagged down his car one evening, asking for a
ride back to their manor. They invited him in for a drink, and after
leaving, he went back for his cigarette case. He found the manor
deserted and decayed.  In Dublin, a real estate broker told him the
mother and daughter had died years ago. Welles, sufficiently spooked,
drops the man off at his home, and speeds on by when two other stranded
women wave for a ride.
Summary written by Steven Dhuey

Une histoire inventee (dir. Andre Forcier, 1990)
An amateur staging Othello with the money of his father mafioso, lover
of Florence's daughter.

All About Eve (1950)
Addison DeWitt: [voiceover] Margo Channing is a star of the theater. She
made her stage debut at the age of four in "Midsummer Night's Dream,"
playing a fairy. She entered, quite unexpectedly, stark naked. She has
been a star ever since.

La Settima donna (dir. Franco Prosperi1978) Also Known As: Last House On
the Beach, The (1978) (USA: video title)

Terror (1978) (USA: video title)
Sister Cristina (Florinda Bolkan) plays a nun who takes the teenage
girls in her care to a remote house where they rehearse A Midsummer
Night's Dream. Three thugs show up, brutally raping and terrorizing the
girls, killing one by raping her with a cane, until Bolkan renounces her
teachings and seeks bloody revenge.

Tin Cup (1996)
Roy 'Tin Cup' McAvoy: Well, if you can remove the sexual overtones and
add a golf theme, then Romeo, I am your Juliet.

Prince of Denmark Hill
Brief synopsis: Prince of Denmark Hill is a contemporary reworking of
Hamlet in 11 minutes, set in South London gangland as a fast-moving,
stylish black comedy.  Revolving around a game of Russian Roulette at
the wedding reception of the murderous "king" Bernard, we flash back to
the events that brought our hero Keith to this point. Will Keith and
Horace's plan to poison Bernard avail?  Or will Keith die by his own
hand?

"Band of Brothers" (2001) (mini)
Carwood Lipton: [real life interview with Lipton where he recites a
quote from William Shakespeare] From this day to the ending of the
world, we in it shall be remembered, we band of brothers.

Mario's Time Machine (1993) (Video Game)
In 1602 Mario returns ink and a quill to William Shakespeare so he can
write the sonnets.

Midsummer (1999)
A complex love quadrangle develops between four young lovers in
Elizabethan England when mischievous forest spirits decide to play
Cupid. American adaptation of the Shakespeare classic. A girl must
choose between an arranged marriage to her best friend's former fiance
or an imposed life of celibacy in this American twenty-something
adaptation of the Shakespearean romantic comedy. This "mature
fairy-tale" combines elements of Greco-Egyptian mythology and
Elizabethan English folklore, as Oberon, Puck, and the spirits of the
wild play havoc with the hearts and passions of four young lovers.

Carnival (1921)
An actor playing Othello in a stage production of
Shakespeare's play becomes jealous of his wife's supposed infidelity and
seems bound to kill her in the scene in which she, enacting Othello's
falsely accused wife Desdemona, is murdered by her jealous husband.

Next (1989)
Will, a poor player who bears an uncanny resemblance to Shakespeare,
auditions on stage in front of Peter, a busy producer with his nose in
the trade papers, hardly noticing Will's extraordinary performance.
Will, using the prop of a life-sized doll and changing costumes with
magical speed, acts out brief scenes at the heart of Romeo and Juliet,
Richard III, As You Like It, Hamlet, Antony and Cleopatra, Othello,
Titus Andronicus, Merry Wives, the Tempest, the Winter's Tale, and other
of the Bard's plays. It's an infinite variety show, and finally Peter's
attention is on Will. What will the producer say when Will finishes?

Paris nous appartient (dir. Jacques Rivette 1960)
Anne Goupil is a literature student in Paris in 1957. Her elder brother,
Pierre, takes her to a friend's party where the guests include Philip
Kaufman, an expatriate American escaping McCarthyism, and Gerard Lenz, a
theatre director who arrives with the mysterious woman Terry. The talk
at the party is about the apparent suicide of their friend Juan, a
Spanish activist who had recently broken up with Terry. Philip warns
Anne that the forces that killed Juan will soon do the same to Gerard.
Gerard is trying to rehearse Shakespeare's "Pericles", although he has
no financial backing.  Anne takes a part in the play to help Gerard, and
to try to discover why Juan died.

The Perils of Pauline (dir. George Marshall1947)
Funloving Pearl White, working in a garment sweatshop, gets her big
chance when she "opens" for a delayed Shakespeare play...with a comic
vaudeville performance. Her brief stage career leads her into those
"horrible" moving pictures, where she comes to love the chaotic world of
silent movies, becoming queen of the serials. But the consequences of
movie stardom may be more than her leading man can take

Radio Bugs (dir. Cy Endfield, 1944)
When Froggy discovers the fabulous salaries paid to radio stars, he gets
the idea that the gang should be in on the action. But success in radio
requires a sponsor. They audition comedy skits at the dentist's office,
and Shakespeare at the mortuary. Their efforts to snag a sponsor are
without success until . . .

Too Scared to Scream (Tony Lo Bianco1985)
The chief suspect is a Shakespeare-spouting doorman (Ian McShane)

Nomad (2002)
A homeless street performer who brings Shakespeare's soliloquies to life
each afternoon on various street corners around the city of Denver. He
moves around the urban landscape from park bench to bus bench with his
best friend, an aging dog named Bones. Contrary to the homeless
stereotype, Jack's existence is ruled by discipline. He carefully plans
every day of his life, leaving nothing to chance. Lucy is a theater
student at the city university. She comes upon Jack's performance one
afternoon. Fascinated, she pursues him, bent on learning who he is and
where he comes from. When Lucy discovers Jack is from the neighborhood
she grew up in, she is determined to learn how this man could fall from
the comfort of suburbia to living on the streets. They begin an unlikely
friendship. She travels to various locations of Jack's performances,
accompanying him afterwards to his bench. She is intrigued by his
knowledge of Shakespeare, manner of living and the fifteen

Cherry Falls (2000)
Ben: She thinks fellatio is a character in Shakespeare.

Best Men (1997)
The film opens with 4 tuxedo clad men showing up at a penitentiary to
meet a friend (Luke Wilson) who has just been released after three years
in prison and is going straight from the jail to marry his girl friend
(Drew Barrymore). En route to the wedding, one of the men (Sean Patrick
Flanery) asks to stop by a bank to pick up some cash. As it turns out,
he is a wanted bank robber who uses Shakespeare passages during his
robberies and thus has become known as "Hamlet". Soon all five men are
caught up in the bank and involved in the robbery as they end up in a
hostage situation. The hostage negotiator (Fred Ward) shows up who turns
out to be Hamlet's father. As the men are all known to those being
robbed, this quirky comedy takes a left turn as their hostages all work
to support the men.

A Elstree Calling (1930) series of 19 musical and comedy "vaudeville"
sketches presented in the form of a live broadcast hosted by Tommy
Handley (as himself). There are two "running gags" which connect the
sketches. In one, an actor wants to perform Shakespeare, but he is
continually denied air-time. The other gag has an inventor trying to
view the broadcast on television. Four of the sketches are in color (in
shades of yellow and brown only).

Fortune and Men's Eyes (1971)
The young, naive Smitty is sent to prison for six months; Cathy, his
girlfriend, watches as he disappears behind the bars and barbed wire.
He's assigned a cell with Queenie, a balls-out drag queen, Rocky, a
quiet but cocky con, and Mona, a young gay man who ministers to Rocky.
Smitty watches in horror as gangs of inmates brutalize prisoners who
lack protection. Those who complain risk beatings or murder at the hands
of unsympathetic guards: all cries are bootless. Mona offers poetry -
Shakespeare's sonnet XXIX; Queenie and Rocky offer Smitty advice, and
Rocky offers protection for a price. Smitty's choices and their
consequences are the film's main subjects.

Hollywood Shuffle (1987)
Bobby Taylor wants to be a respected actor. From Sam Spade to
Shakespeare to superheros, he can do it all. He just has to convince
Hollywood that gangstas, slaves and "Eddie Murphy-types" aren't the sum
of his talents.

Leaving Drew (2000)
After the closing performance of Midsummer Night's
Dream at Drew University's New Jersey Shakespeare Festival, one of the
principal actors, Campbell, tries to sleep before his flight back to
L.A.  He has his own midsummer night's dream, constantly interrupted by
either a former lover or by friends who have drunk too much. Some of his
dream is sweet, with a mystery woman at the seashore; some is
nightmarish. Desperate for slumber, he goes to the stage set to
Titania's bed, where the woman of his dreams appears as a fairy. Think
but this and all is mended, that you have but slumber'd here, while
these visions did appear. But, what happens when he wakes?

Blazin (2001)
Romeo & Juliet Meets the underground drug scene in this Genx action
film.  Samantha and Alex fall in love, the problem is that her mom is a
druglord and his dad is the chief of police!

Galaxy Quest (1999)
Sir Alexander Dane: I played Richard III.

Machurrucutu II: Haz lo incorrecto... o Como nos la ingeniamos para
hacer un documental sobre la Escuela de Teatro (1991)
Directed by Jorge Molina Alberto Ponce. Cuban comedy in which there a
detective arrives in Machurrucutu, searching for a descendant of William
Shakespeare.

Important c'est d'aimer, L' (dir. Andrzej Zulawski, 1975)
Servais Mont, a photographer, meets Nadine Chevalier who earns her money
starring in cheap soft-core movies. Trying to help her, he borrows the
money from the loan sharks to finance the theatrical production of
'Richard III' and gives Nadine a part. Nadine is torn apart between
Servais, for whom she is falling in love, and her husband Jacques, to
whom she has moral obligations.

Food of Love (1997) Directed by Stephen Poliakoff. Richard E. Grant
stars.
A student production of Twelfth Night.

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Date:           Tuesday, 11 Mar 2003 20:15:32 -0500
Subject:        Bloody Streetz and Lear

Bloody Streetz mentions Macbeth, the film begins with a quotation from
King Lear, 3.2.:
"Tremble thou wretch, That hast within thee undivulged crimes, Unwhipped
of Justice"

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Date:           Tuesday, 11 Mar 2003 22:10:19 -0500
Subject:        Cosby and Shakespeare

Cosby
Will Power
30 minutes- (CC), In Stereo

Hilton (Bill Cosby) is confronted by the Bard (guest star Tom Conti),
who tries to get him to understand the true meaning of Shakespeare's
words. Mary Louise Wilson and Sabrina Le Beauf also guest star.

Cosby Show
It's a Boy
30 minutes- (CC), In Stereo
A neighbor (Ray Mattis) enlists Cliff's (Bill Cosby) help in father-son
bonding; Pam (Erika  Alexander) meets a prospective beau.
Note: There is a reference to Henry V. Pam is at the library with a
friend and they see a guy who Pam thinks is cute. Her friend goes over
to him and introduces him to Pam and leaves. To break the ice, Pam asks
him if he's ever read Henry V and he says yeah... the conversation gets
awkward and he says I'll leave you to your Shakespeare. She says she
could use some help with it and he says sure, and she starts reading.

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Date:           Tuesday, 11 Mar 2003 22:23:21 -0500
Subject:        Anna Nicole Smith doing Shakespeare this Sunday on her ET show

It airs 9 p.m. EST, Sunday March 16.

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Date:           Tuesday, 11 Mar 2003 22:37:42 -0500
Subject:        TV Shakespeare

Meeting of Minds - Vols. 5 And 6

Category:  Documentary Allen hosts this lively discussion
Cast: Steve Allen between William Shakespeare and several
Running of the characters he created, including
Time:  1 hr 58 mins Hamlet, Romeo, Othello, and the "Dark Distributor
Walt Disney Home VideoLady" from the sonnets.

Goober and The Ghost Chasers
Category:  Family
Running Time: 30 mins
Distributor Video One Canada, Ltd.
Summary: Contains the following two Goober cartoons: "Brush Up Your
Shakespeare" and "Assignment: The Ahab Apparition."

Magic on Love Island
Category:  Drama
Director:  Earl Bellamy
Cast: Adrienne Barbeau, Bill Daily, Dominique Dunne, Lisa Hartman,
Christopher Knight, Janis Paige
Running

Time:      1 hr 40 mins
Distributor Magnum Entertainment, Inc.
Summary: Eight tourists travel to a secluded tropical island in search
of love and companionship, but instead find something quite different.
An updated "version" of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream."

An Englishman Abroad
Category:  Drama
Director:  John Schlesinger
Cast: Alan Bates, Coral Browne
A bizarre event that happened to actress Coral Browne while she was on
tour with the Royal Shakespeare Company in Moscow; she met a British
diplomat turned Russian spy. Won 15 international awards.  A BBC
production.


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