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Reworkings
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1270  Monday, 1 August 2005

[1]     From:   Bob Lapides <
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        Date:   Friday, 29 Jul 2005 11:55:33 EDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.1259 Reworkings

[2]     From:   D Bloom <
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        Date:   Friday, 29 Jul 2005 12:25:50 -0500
        Subj:   RE: SHK 16.1259 Reworkings

[3]     From:   Robin Hamilton <
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        Date:   Friday, 29 Jul 2005 22:14:16 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.1252 Reworkings


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From:           Bob Lapides <
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Date:           Friday, 29 Jul 2005 11:55:33 EDT
Subject: 16.1259 Reworkings
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.1259 Reworkings

There is, of course, Barbara Garson's anti-war play "MacBird," written
not long after the JFK assassination. This was widely known on the
American left during the 1960s.

Bob Lapides

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From:           D Bloom <
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Date:           Friday, 29 Jul 2005 12:25:50 -0500
Subject: 16.1259 Reworkings
Comment:        RE: SHK 16.1259 Reworkings

John-Paul Spiro writes,

 >"The Godfather" has elements of "King Lear" but structurally it is more
 >similar to "1 Henry IV."

This puzzles me on both accounts. It's been a while since I've seen
"Godfather" but I can't off-hand recall any affinities with either of
the plays mentioned.

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From:           Robin Hamilton <
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Date:           Friday, 29 Jul 2005 22:14:16 +0100
Subject: 16.1252 Reworkings
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.1252 Reworkings

 >>If I were to read or re-read one of Shakespeare's plays,
 >>and then read/watch/listen to one of
 >>these reworkings, what would people recommend?
 >>
 >>Cheers,
 >>Ross Clement
 >
 >Japanese director Akira Kurosawa's Throne of Blood (Macbeth) or Ran
 >(King Lear) are both highly acclaimed films in their own right as well
 >as re-workings of Shakespeare.
 >
 >Kathy Dent

It's going a little beyond specifically Shakespeare, but Kurosawa seems
to be at the centre of a nexus of reworkings, starting with +Rashamon
Gates+ via The Seven Samurai / The Magnificent Seven, then Clint
Eastwood's reworking of +Yojimbo+ into the noir spaghetti western, +A
Fistful of Dollars+.  (Did that feed back into Ran?)

Brecht's +The Workers Rehearse the Uprising+, Arnold Wesker's conflation
of Marlowe's JM and Shakespeare's MOV, that ludicrous ultra-Freudian
Hamlet cut-up(s) by the sixties director whose name I can't call to
hand-where does one stop?

Robin Hamilton

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