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Film/TV Course and DVD Wish List
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0964  Tuesday, 31 October 2006

From: 		Hardy M. Cook <
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Date: 		Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Subject: 17.0952 Film/TV Course and DVD Wish List
Comment: 	Re: SHK 17.0952 Film/TV Course and DVD Wish List

Dear SHAKSPEReans,

I had a number of reasons for my posting Film/TV Course and DVD Wish List 
the other day, including my desire to remain occupied during a difficult 
anniversary season for me and my daughters.

Nevertheless, I have been delighted by the various responses I have 
received.

Regarding the course itself, Patty Winter <
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the followings:

>After establishing this foundation in Shakespeare studies, we will
>explore the nature and principles of performance criticism: This section
>will include instruction in evaluating performance, in viewing
>performances as interpretations of texts, in considerations of design
>and blocking, and in reading scripts as actors and directors do.

Patty wrote: "Oh, how I wish I were close enough to take this course! I've 
been wanting someone to help me understand *why* I find some performances 
more compelling than others. And to help me recognize any solid 
performances I may be overlooking because I don't know what to look for. 
If anyone knows of such classes in the San Francisco Bay Area, please drop 
me a note off-list."

Regarding my Wish List, I learned much from SHAKSPER members.

From Mathew Lyons, Bill Lloyd, and Tom Pendleton, I learned that the 
Welles Macbeth and Chimes at Midnight are, in fact, available on DVD. 
Mathew called my attention to a Spanish company, Suevia Films - 
www.sueviafilms.com - which distributed both titles with English and
Spanish soundtracks.

From Bill Lloyd and Maurizio Calbi, I learned that Stuart Burge's OTHELLO 
(with Olivier) is available somewhere on DVD.

From Bill Lloyd and Alfredo Modenessi, I learned that Brook-Scofield Lear 
is available in Region 2 DVD. Alfredo commented further writing, "There 
ARE region 2 DVDs of Richardson's Hamlet, Welles?s Macbeth and Brook's 
Lear; I got mine in London after the 2004 and 2006 ISCs. Also, a DVD of 
Prospero's Books was made available in Mexico a couple of years ago. By 
the by, there is a recent (2004?) Mexican adaptation of Othello called 
"Huapango".

In private exchanges, Bill Lloyd rightly noted that "a thread on the 
merits and demerits of the various film versions would be too open-ended, 
and many such opinions have been expressed before over the years on 
SHAKSPER." I agree completely and am not offering to begin one. However, 
part of my reason for mentioning my DVD Wish List was to make known the 
titles that I would purchase were they commercially available.

So my next post DVD Wish List will reflect what I have learned about 
availability with a plea for others to add titles to this list. I hope 
that forward-thinking companies that produce high quality products like 
Criterion might hear from academics and non-academics alike that there is 
a market Shakespeare DVDs.

Hardy

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