2003

Re: New Shakespeare Mystery Novel

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1543  Wednesday, 30 July 2003

From:           Hardy M. Cook <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Wednesday, July 30, 2003
Subject: 14.1535 New Shakespeare Mystery Novel
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.1535 New Shakespeare Mystery Novel

Dear SHAKSPEReans,

I received several responses to David Kathman's remarks about Sarah
Smith's *Chasing Shakespeares*. These responses, however, were more
concerned with the Oxford controversy than Smith's novel, so I have
decided not to publish them

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Shakespeare on the Tube

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1542  Wednesday, 30 July 2003

From:           Nancy Charlton <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Wednesday, 30 Jul 2003 02:35:28 -0700
Subject:        Shakespeare on the Tube

Another compendium of Shakespeare allusions, this time a shorter list
because I haven't been watching much TV this summer.

7/14
"Evil Under the Sunday," a Poirot movie being shown on A&E concludes
with a Shakespearean variant. Poirot has been sent--or sentenced--to a
fortnight at a health spa, and there solves one of Christie's most
contrived of all her contrived murders. With the wrapping up comes the
revelation that Poirot's illness was caused not by his overweight but by
food poisoning at the restaurant in which Hastings has invested. Thus
concludes Poirot: "What is done is done, and what is underdone is
underdone."

At the opening of the film is a voiceover in which the story of Jezebel
from II Kings 9 is read, magnificently, in the full splendid archaism of
the King James Bible. I do not know who plays the Rev. Stephen Lane, but
I hope he might be cast in some of the maturer roles of Shakespeare.
~~=-=-=-=-*-=-=-=-=-=~~

7/21 or thereabouts
Prince Charming. Thank you, Richard Burt, for the heads-up on this film.
I saw it all, I think, divided among three or four airings. Haven't
laughed so hard in months nor been so engaged with the actual lines in a
screen play. Some I managed to write down:

Can anyone remember the cause of this damnable war? Something about
tulips.

Rodney: Did you not read the play?
Prince John: Only the lines.
Someone else: Actors!

Prince: Who is this Shakespeare fellow anyway? First I am an ass and now
I lose a sword fight!

(The swordplay is awesome in this film. The Prince doesn't like it that
Mercutio is killed off so soon, so he improvises to give himself a bit
more time on stage and then allow Mercutio to die with more panache than
usual.

The actors were fortunate to have writers who had a good ear, writers
fortunate to have actors who could deliver the lines, and both to have
directing that is well paced and well balanced. All of the know their
Shakespeare--not just the language but the conventions.  This is most
conspicuous in the classic ending for comedy, with the three couples
getting married in a joint ceremony, just as you like it.

They managed to work in spoofs of many things, most conspicuously Harry
Potter, with casting such charms as:

Carpe diem,
Quid pro quo,
Rise up Rodney,
Come, let's go!

I hope this will come out on DVD or something, because it goes on my
list of Films I'd Watch Anytime. Just writing about it, I'm sitting here
laughing like a loon!
~~-=-=-=-=-=-*-=-=-=-=-=~~

7/26
A while ago I mentioned the JAG episode in which a Shakespeare quotation
figures. This week I saw the rerun of this episode and its sequel.

The Admiral's girlfriend teaches English literature, and as a Valentine
she gives him a gold heart paperweight inscribed with the line from
Merry Wives: "A woman would run through fire and water for such a kind
heart." A few days later he is flying in a new fighter plane and
accidentally ejects over the George Washington National Forest. He uses
his emergency gear to set up camp, but it turns out to be over a frozen
pond that melts when his good fire is going strong. Faced with possible
hypothermia, his flares soaked, he manages to get a small fire going.
Finding the gold heart in his pocket, he realizes that he will survive
if he heats it and hold it in his hand. He is interrupted by howls and
looks up to see what seems to be a wolf but is a stray German shepherd.
He and the dog are able to walk out, and when Harm finds him it is not
in the wild but in a tavern to which the dog has led him.

The dog, of course, stays. In the sequel the couple are trying to train
her and find her a name. Important: at this point my phone rang so I
muted the sound and turned on the captions.

Admiral: I don't see anything very Shakespearian about her.
Meredith: How about 'yon Cassius has a lean and hungry look."
Admiral: Cassius is a man's name.
Meredith: Then she's a Porsche.

The name that finally sticks is "Dammit," when the Admiral orders her
"Get outa my chair, dammit!" and she hops right down. He then sits down
and says "Come here, Dammit" and this great big dog goes right up on his
lap.
~~-=-=-=-=-=-*-=-=-=-=-=~~

7/29
I wasn't too wild about the newest "Forsyte Saga" on PBS, but in episode
5 tonight "Fear no more the heat o' the sun" was read at the senior
Jolyon's funeral. At least the three main stanzas, but not the coda "No
exorciser harm thee...".
~~-=-=-=-=-=-*-=-=-=-=-=~~

Nancy Charlton

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Re: Renaissance Audiences

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1540  Wednesday, 30 July 2003

From:           Kathy Dent <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Tuesday, 29 Jul 2003 13:36:46 +0100
Subject: 14.1534 Re: Renaissance Audiences
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.1534 Re: Renaissance Audiences

Bob Haas writes:

>I do NOT want to begin a racial debate here, but I'm a touch dismayed
>that a participant on the list assumes (apparently) that only African
>American persons shaped the revival meeting phenomenon.  Such an
>assumption smacks of remarkable ignorance.  What makes the American
>experience so rich is the contributions of many differing cultures to
>common cultural phenomenon ... ones that sometimes cross even racial
>barriers.

Bob, if you know more about this than I do, of course I admit that my
remark was a bit generalised.  However, I believe that the 'revival
meeting phenomenon' has much in common with the churches in the African
diaspora (I am more familiar with those in the Anglophone Caribbean than
with those in the US).  I was making a point about dominant rather than
exclusive influences.  However, I hold to my opinion that the jump from
an Elizabethan British theatre audience to a modern American revivalist
one is a bit odd.

Kathy Dent

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Re: NT Henry V

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1541  Wednesday, 30 July 2003

From:           Arthur Lindley <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Wednesday, 30 Jul 2003 10:33:12 +0800 (SGT)
Subject: 14.1530 Re: NT Henry V
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.1530 Re: NT Henry V

If no one else has answered Junji Inoue's question, I will.  In the NT
_Henry V_, if I'm remembering correctly, the Dauphin is shot while
fleeing after taking part in the slaughter of the boys.  Among other
interpolations, by the way, is the fact that at least one of Harry's
soldiers refuses the order to kill the prisoners, throws down his gun,
and storms off.

Arthur Lindley

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Re: Colour-Blind Casting

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1539  Wednesday, 30 July 2003

[1]     From:   Jadwiga Krupski <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
        Date:   Tuesday, 29 Jul 2003 12:18:47 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.1520 Re: Colour-Blind Casting

[2]     From:   Whitt Brantley <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
        Date:   Wednesday, 30 Jul 2003 06:48:29 EDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.1531 Re: Colour-Blind Casting


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From:           Jadwiga Krupski <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Tuesday, 29 Jul 2003 12:18:47 -0400
Subject: 14.1520 Re: Colour-Blind Casting
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.1520 Re: Colour-Blind Casting

I could not agree more with M. Yawnney. One of the most memorable
musical and theatrical experiences I recall is Jessie Norman's
performance as Sieglinde in Wagner's WALKYRIE (the James Levine RING in
New York, in the late 1980-ies). And what could be a more ethnically
"colour-blind" casting than a black Sieglinde?

Cheers,
Jadwga Krupsi

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From:           Whitt Brantley <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Wednesday, 30 Jul 2003 06:48:29 EDT
Subject: 14.1531 Re: Colour-Blind Casting
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.1531 Re: Colour-Blind Casting

>The former is manifestly false (his
>work is the exclusive property of the billion or so people who
>can read
>English), but I don't know that anyone would argue that idea.
>
>>From my Promus of trivial rememberings...

After performing one of his Shakespearean roles, Laurence Olivier asked
an elderly woman backstage what she had thought of the play...she
replied, that although Sir Larry had done an admirable job, she still
preferred to hear and see Shakespeare's work in it's original Yiddish.

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