The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.2153 Monday, 10 November 2003
Date: Sunday, 09 Nov 2003 08:43:47 -0800
Subject: Volpone on Film, Television & Radio
I understand someone wrote last week asking about broadcast and film
productions of *Volpone,* and I have been urged to reply. Somewhat
reluctantly, here is the little bit I know.
The BBC has broadcast the play several times on radio. Alas, none are
available commercially, and most of these do not appear to be extant.
It has also been done on German (1966, 1978), Norwegian (1965), and
French television (1978, 2003). I do not know if these are commercially
available elsewhere, but they are not in the United States. All were
presented in translation.
There was a truncated French film in 1941, which was commercially
available in the U. S. at one time, but the sub-titles were impossible
to read, being white on an often white background. Some old copies may
be in libraries and private hands. The company that made it available
is no longer in business.
Here comes the reluctant part. The new *Ben Jonson Journal* will be
available at any moment. I have a note inside where I try to show that
an episode of television's *Gunsmoke* was probably derived from
*Volpone.* Please note both levels of tentativeness. Since *BJJ* is
kind enough to publish my note, and probably would like to sell a few
extra copies, I am reluctant to say more about it here. The TOC of that
issue may be found here:
Their home page, with ordering information, is here:
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