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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1252  Thursday, 28 July 2005

[1]     From:   Patty Winter <
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        Date:   Monday, 25 Jul 2005 09:37:36 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.1241 Two Questions

[2]     From:   Susan St. John <
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        Date:   Monday, 25 Jul 2005 10:35:36 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.1241 Two Questions

[3]     From:   Colin Cox <
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        Date:   Monday, 25 Jul 2005 14:29:15 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.1241 Two Questions

[4]     From:   Kathy Dent <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 26 Jul 2005 09:20:27 +0100
        Subj:   RE: SHK 16.1241 Two Questions


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From:           Patty Winter <
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Date:           Monday, 25 Jul 2005 09:37:36 -0700
Subject: 16.1241 Two Questions
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.1241 Two Questions

Ross Clement <
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 >I'm familiar with a number of ways in which Shakespeare's plays have
 >been reworked into very different things. The example I'm thinking of is
 >the movie _Forbidden Planet_. 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? This would be for
 >entertainment, not study.

Personally, I would always take any excuse to watch "West Side Story."
It's one of the very best film musicals ever made. So you could reread
R&J, then enjoy Leonard Bernstein's music and Jerome Robbins'
choreography for 2-1/2 hours. Besides, it would be a nice tribute to
screenwriter Ernie Lehman, who died a couple of weeks ago.

Tanya has a whole Adaptations section on her site that spans the gamut
from direct adaptations (updatings based directly on the Shakespeare
plays) to passing references in Star Trek and Monty Python. Those lists
should give you plenty of ideas!

Patty

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From:           Susan St. John <
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Date:           Monday, 25 Jul 2005 10:35:36 -0700
Subject: 16.1241 Two Questions
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.1241 Two Questions

Hi Ross -

I have no help to offer on your academic question, but there are
hundreds of choices for the other.  Here are some of my favorites:

SHREW and KISS ME KATE (musical)

HAMLET and ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD

KING LEAR and A THOUSAND ACRES (Jessica Lange and Michelle Pfeiffer - 1997)

MACBETH and MEN OF RESPECT (1991 - a mafioso version starring John
Turturro; with characters named Matt Duffy and Bankie Como it is
sometimes laughable although very bloody, but  I found it fun to see how
they translated one character or the other, and this situation or that)

and of course, R&J (and others) and SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE

and in case no one else mentions it, Hardy has a terrific list posted at

http://www.shaksper.net/archives/files/spinoff.biblio.html

although a few newer ones seem to be missing, like 2001's "O" directed
by Tim Blake Nelson and "Scotland, PA" starring Christopher Walken.

Happy hunting!
Susan St. John

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From:           Colin Cox <
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Date:           Monday, 25 Jul 2005 14:29:15 -0700
Subject: 16.1241 Two Questions
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.1241 Two Questions

 >"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?"

Read King Lear and then watch Kurasawa's "Ran."

Colin Cox

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From:           Kathy Dent <
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Date:           Tuesday, 26 Jul 2005 09:20:27 +0100
Subject: 16.1241 Two Questions
Comment:        RE: SHK 16.1241 Two Questions

 >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

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