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Re: Hepburn as Cleopatra
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1471  Monday, 21 July 2003

[1]     From:   Mari Bonomi <
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        Date:   Friday, 18 Jul 2003 11:23:32 -0400
        Subj:   RE: SHK 14.1460 Re: Hepburn as Cleopatra

[2]     From:   Robin Hamilton <
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        Date:   Friday, 18 Jul 2003 19:33:41 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.1460 Re: Hepburn as Cleopatra


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From:           Mari Bonomi <
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Date:           Friday, 18 Jul 2003 11:23:32 -0400
Subject: 14.1460 Re: Hepburn as Cleopatra
Comment:        RE: SHK 14.1460 Re: Hepburn as Cleopatra

Bill Godshalk writes,

>this production was right on
>target.  Cleopatra and Antony are over the hill.  They are middle aged,
>and neither of them are going to conquer or captivate young Caesar.

Wow.  and WOW again.

Yes, this surely matches my intuitive reaction each time I read the
play... that these are people in their last glorious explosion of
emotion... going full tilt without stopping to catch their emotional
breaths.

How well you gave words to this understanding/reaction. Thank you!

Mari Bonomi

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Date:           Friday, 18 Jul 2003 19:33:41 +0100
Subject: 14.1460 Re: Hepburn as Cleopatra
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.1460 Re: Hepburn as Cleopatra

W.L. Godshalk <
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>Before seeing Hepburn and Ryan, I had a difficult time imagining
>Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra as other than heroic and glamorous.
>But after seeing this production -- after reflecting upon it -- after my
>initial shock, I came to believe that this production was right on
>target.  Cleopatra and Antony are over the hill.  They are middle aged,
>and neither of them are going to conquer or captivate young Caesar.

Two poems had a strong effect on how I respond to +Antony and
Cleopatra+. One was (pretty obviously) Cavafy's "The God Abandons
Antony" -- the other was Peter Porter's "Sex and the Over-Forties".

Robin Hamilton

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