The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1791 Monday, 15 September 2003
Date: Monday, September 15, 2003
Subject: "Shakespeare in Hollywood"
Memo Re Bill in L.A.: Fault Not in Stars
By Peter Marks
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, September 15, 2003; Page C01
The premise of "Shakespeare in Hollywood" is enchanting: We're on a
1930s backlot, the visionary Austrian director Max Reinhardt ("Is true
-- I am genius") is putting his stage version of "A Midsummer Night's
Dream" on celluloid, and two of his stars, Victor Jory and Mickey
Rooney, are AWOL. Quicker than you can say "understudy," replacements
materialize, two performers so ideal that they arrive on the set knowing
their parts by heart.
That's because they are the parts. As if they had souls of their own,
the characters from "Midsummer," Oberon and Puck, pop up through some
cosmic coincidence. Here's the magic of La-La Land taken to a whole new
level. Shakespeare's spirits mingle with Hollywood's, don sunglasses,
chase skirts, fall in love and, as in "Midsummer," get caught up in the
affairs of mere mortals.
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