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Shakespeare Movies on TV--July
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1193  Monday, 11 July 2005

[1]     From:   Patty Winter <
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        Date:   Friday, 8 Jul 2005 12:11:01 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.1189 Shakespeare Movies on TV--July

[2]     From:   Kezia Vanmeter Sproat<
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        Date:   Friday, 8 Jul 2005 16:12:03 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.1189 Shakespeare Movies on TV--July


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From:           Patty Winter <
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Date:           Friday, 8 Jul 2005 12:11:01 -0700
Subject: 16.1189 Shakespeare Movies on TV--July
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.1189 Shakespeare Movies on TV--July

 >Thanks for taking the trouble to compile these lists. I just discovered
 >that Comcast cable, which serves over half the USA, is now running the
 >Al Pacino _The Merchant of Venice_ on their pay-per-view ($3.99 plus tax
 >where applicable). Available through August 25.

You're very welcome, Nancy, and your comment about PPV reminds me to
tell everyone that "Merchant" is also on PPV on satellite TV. At least,
it's on DirecTV, so presumably also on Dish.

Patty

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From:           Kezia Vanmeter Sproat<
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Date:           Friday, 8 Jul 2005 16:12:03 -0400
Subject: 16.1189 Shakespeare Movies on TV--July
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.1189 Shakespeare Movies on TV--July

I bought The Merchant of Venice on DVD for less than $20 at MediaPlay
the day it was released, around May 10, because my beloved freshman
students in Piketon Ohio found its release date online and told me about
Sam Goody/MediaPlay, a place I'd been previously innocent of. Play it
anytime, lend it to students, etc.

Re. that production: Al Pacino's Shylock redeems all its faults many
times over, of course; but what a huge change, a backward if not
medieval attitude, re. women's roles, Radford imposes on the text by
having Portia whisper to Daddy Atmosphere and Granny Air instead of
directly to Bassanio [who's being drummed up the avenue 150 feet away
rather than en scene as it's written]: "One half of me is yours, the
other half yours. . . ."

What a loss! Poor Radford should have gone to Vassar!

Kezia Vanmeter Sproat
[back on after a year away from SHAKSPER]

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