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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1281  Wednesday, 16 June 2004

[1]     From:   Tanya Gough <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 15 Jun 2004 08:35:00 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.1270 Lear

[2]     From:   David Cohen <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 15 Jun 2004 10:17:50 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.1270 Lear

[3]     From:   Scott Sharplin <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 15 Jun 2004 10:01:36 -0600 (MDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.1270 Lear


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From:           Tanya Gough <
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Date:           Tuesday, 15 Jun 2004 08:35:00 -0400
Subject: 15.1270 Lear
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.1270 Lear

 >Grigori Kozintsev's (1969), without a doubt. By the way, when will it
 >finally be available on DVD?
 >
 >Alfredo Michel Modenessi

I sent a query over to the studio last week, Alfredo.  I'm still waiting
for a response.  Last I heard they were going to be ready for June, but
here it is and still no sign of it.  I'll post as soon as I hear something.

And my two cents on the topic: Kurosawa's Ran for sure.  If you're
looking for original English text, then I tend to favour the Olivier
over the Ian Holm version.  The Holm is fine, but I'm wondering why
everyone keeps jumping up on the tables.

Oh, and off topic a bit, just a reminder that we are prebooking Alex
Cox's Revengers Tragedy (no apostrophe - Cox opted for the cover page
spelling from the original text), which is going to be released on June
29th.

Tanya Gough
The Poor Yorick Shakespeare Catalogue
www.bardcentral.com

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From:           David Cohen <
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Date:           Tuesday, 15 Jun 2004 10:17:50 -0500
Subject: 15.1270 Lear
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.1270 Lear

Hardy M. Cook <
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 >If you include made-for-TV versions, I am particularly fond of the Lear
 >Jonathan Miller directed for The BBC-TV Shakespeare Plays with Michael
 >Hordern as Lear.

Hordern, indeed.  Bravo!  And he was rather good as Marley's ghost in
the Alister Simm version of "A Christmas Carol."

David Cohen

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From:           Scott Sharplin <
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Date:           Tuesday, 15 Jun 2004 10:01:36 -0600 (MDT)
Subject: 15.1270 Lear
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.1270 Lear

On the topic of Lear films, John-Paul Spiro writes:

 >The play is simply too big for one interpretation, however nuanced.

This is related to a topic I am currently exploring. Do others agree
that Lear is "too big" to be adequately captured, whether on stage or on
film?

What about scholarly editions of Lear (eg. Arden 3, or the Cambridge
Lear CD-ROM) which try to conflate (or juxtapose) different print
editions of the play? Is there any way we can arrive at a definitive
text? Or is Lear too big to fit on the page as well?

Scott Sharplin

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