2003

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0652  Thurssday, 3 April 2003

From:           Brian Willis <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Wednesday, 2 Apr 2003 11:01:07 -0800 (PST)
Subject:        Shakespeare Related Releases

Besides the imminent release of Throne of Blood, two versions of the
Shrew adaptation and meta-theatrical musical, Cole Porter's Kiss Me
Kate, will be released in the near future.

On April 22, the original film starring Kathryn Grayson and Howard Keel
(and if you look closely at Tom, Dick and Harry - Bob Fosse) will be
finally released onto DVD. On May 13, a filmed theatrical version of the
recent smash revival will make its way to DVD. Having seen the latter on
Broadway, let me say that it does make subtle tweaks to the original's
gender wars sensibilities in intriguing ways that has resonances for its
status as an adaptation of Shakespeare's Shrew. I would say P.C., but it
is done without the painfulness of that turn and with thrilling
consequences.

In a way, I've always felt that the framing story in Kiss Me Kate is a
make-up for the apparently lost complete version of Sly's framing story.

Brian Willis

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