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Branagh Filming As You Like It
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1008  Thursday, 26 May 2005

[1]     From:   John-Paul Spiro <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 25 May 2005 18:41:40 -0400
        Subj:   RE: SHK 16.0997 Branagh Filming As You Like It

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        Date:   Wednesday, 25 May 2005 23:29:23 -0700 (PDT)
        Subj:   SHK 16.0981 Branagh Filming As You Like It


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From:           John-Paul Spiro <
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Date:           Wednesday, 25 May 2005 18:41:40 -0400
Subject: 16.0997 Branagh Filming As You Like It
Comment:        RE: SHK 16.0997 Branagh Filming As You Like It

I saw Bryce Dallas Howard play Rosalind at the Public Theatre in New
York a few years ago.  The production was

directed by Erica Schmidt and retained much of the cast from an earlier
production of hers.  The cast consisted

of six actors with much doubling and tripling of parts.  It was by far
the best AYL I've seen.

Ms. Howard, however, was a replacement for Angela Goethals, who was
quite superior: she portrayed Rosalind's

intelligence and managed to look young enough that her first viewing of
Orlando was a perceivable awakening.

Howard was fine but Lorenzo Pisoni's charismatic Orlando overpowered
her--which is most certainly NOT supposed

to be the case.

Considering how dreadful "Love's Labor's Lost" was and Branagh's plan to
make Shakespeare "accessible" (does

the crowd pleasing "As You Like It" even need such treatment?), I do not
look forward to this film.  Schmidt is

a far superior director.  I have no idea why anyone continues to fund
Branagh.  Molina should be fun, though,

and I'll see anything with Adrian Lester.

I'm of the opinion that "As You Like It" is essentially unfilmable.
Paul Czinner's 1936 film is laughably bad,

with its middle-aged Rosalind and posturing young Olivier.  As for
Branagh, he will probably think he's being

"cinematic" by creating a dazzling Arden, thus denying the audience the
joy of imagining it and following the

language.  (In Schmidt's production, Arden was suggested by a simple
strewing of leaves on the ground.)

"Bringing Up Baby" captures the play far better than a literal film
adaptation could.

John-Paul

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From:           Rolland Banker <
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Date:           Wednesday, 25 May 2005 23:29:23 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Branagh Filming As You Like It
Comment:        SHK 16.0981 Branagh Filming As You Like It

Brilliant Branagh!

Bryce Dallas Howard must do Shakespeare, she has the face, the presence,
the sublime negative capability of one

born into art(we can thank Mayberry for that)--but can she carry the
plum role of Rosalind?

I thought she would make the perfect Perdita when I first saw her in
garland-ecstasy in the film, THE VILLAGE.

She was stunning, innocent, pure, breathtaking. I cherished a naive hope
that some supreme being would hear my

prayer and alter reality for a film version of THE WINTER'S TALE.

But Rosalind? I am still conflicted but I am hoping that yes, it may
work. The supreme being(who I now know is

Branagh) is surely playing with my mind. But it just might work.

Charles Weinstein beware! This isn't about Al Pacino now, it's about my
prayers and it's personal. Also, I

reside in Japan and totally see where my new deity is coming from in his
creative fixations for the film

version of AYLI. Fiat justitia.

sayonara

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