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Shakespeare in Love, the Sequel Opening in October
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1665  Tuesday, 7 September 2004

[1]     From:   Edward Brown <
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        Date:   Monday, 06 Sep 2004 07:54:16 -0500
        Subj:   RE: SHK 15.1654 Shakespeare in Love, the Sequel Opening in October

[2]     From:   Stuart Manger <
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        Date:   Monday, 6 Sep 2004 18:07:35 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.1654 Shakespeare in Love, the Sequel Opening in October

[3]     From:   Douglas Lanier <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 07 Sep 2004 10:32:33 +0100
        Subj:   Shakespeare in Love, the Sequel Opening in October


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From:           Edward Brown <
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Date:           Monday, 06 Sep 2004 07:54:16 -0500
Subject: 15.1654 Shakespeare in Love, the Sequel Opening in October
Comment:        RE: SHK 15.1654 Shakespeare in Love, the Sequel Opening in October

"*Groan*"

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From:           Stuart Manger <
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Date:           Monday, 6 Sep 2004 18:07:35 +0100
Subject: 15.1654 Shakespeare in Love, the Sequel Opening in October
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.1654 Shakespeare in Love, the Sequel Opening in October

Sorry, several critics on London / UK papers have crucified it!!

Has it been justifiably smashed?

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From:           Douglas Lanier <
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Date:           Tuesday, 07 Sep 2004 10:32:33 +0100
Subject:        Shakespeare in Love, the Sequel Opening in October

STAGE BEAUTY has opened in the UK, and I saw it last night.  The film,
about the shift from men playing women to women playing women on the
Restoration stage, indeed turns on competing performances of OTHELLO,
particularly the final scene.  We see performances with both a man and a
woman in the part of Desdemona.  The film also briefly references KING
LEAR, ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA, HAMLET, and ROMEO AND JULIET.  The same
themes of SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE--cross-dressing and women's expressive
freedom, artifice vs. "reality" of passion, the demand for commercial
success vs. true "art"--are there, but the script is quirkier and the
film engages issues of sexuality somewhat more forthrightly.  (Flamers,
please note "somewhat.")  The final scenes may disappoint those who
hoping for something counter-conventional.  But it's well-acted,
entertaining and certainly worth seeing.

Cheers,
Doug Lanier

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