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Films of Non-Shakespearean Plays
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0123  Friday, 9 February 2007

[1] 	From: 	Alfredo Michel Modenessi <
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 	Date: 	Thursday, 8 Feb 2007 11:12:33 -0600
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[2] 	From: 	Alan Dessen <
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 	Date: 	Thursday, 8 Feb 2007 12:36:26 -0500 (EST)
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[3] 	From: 	Larry Weiss <
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 	Date: 	Thursday, 08 Feb 2007 13:04:11 -0500
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[4] 	From: 	Jack Heller <
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[5] 	From: 	Jack Heller <
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 	Date: 	Thursday, 8 Feb 2007 13:06:58 -0500 (EST)
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[6] 	From: 	Ellen Joy Letostak <
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 	Date: 	Thursday, 8 Feb 2007 15:41:19 -0500
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[7] 	From: 	Tanya Gough <
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 	Date: 	Thursday, 8 Feb 2007 16:18:02 -0500
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[8] 	From: 	Cary Dean Barney <
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From: 		Alfredo Michel Modenessi <
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Date: 		Thursday, 8 Feb 2007 11:12:33 -0600
Subject: 18.0109 Films of Non-Shakespearean Plays
Comment: 	Re: SHK 18.0109 Films of Non-Shakespearean Plays

I see that previous respondents have covered almost all possible angles, 
including the 1939 French "Volpone" and the not so recent Italian "'Tis 
pity" ("Addio fratello crudele") by Guiseppe Patroni Griffi, made in 
1971--there are two more of the same, a 1980 English TV production and a 
1978 Belgian film in Dutch. Patroni's film has been recently showing on a 
European cable movie channel ("Eurochannel", I think). You might try and 
take a look at the catalogue of Mariangela Tempera's splendid collection 
at the University of Ferrara.

Best,
Alfredo Michel Modenessi.

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From: 		Alan Dessen <
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Date: 		Thursday, 8 Feb 2007 12:36:26 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 18.0109 Films of Non-Shakespearean Plays
Comment: 	Re: SHK 18.0109 Films of Non-Shakespearean Plays

I refrained from responding at first to the query about films of 
non-Shakespeare plays because my information will be of little use.  I've 
had my library buy every available item (going back to c. 1980), including 
some amateurish ones, in the hope of finding at least the occasional scene 
I could use to generate class discussion.  The responses listed today 
provide the usual suspects (*Revenger's Tragedy*, Burton as Doctor 
Faustus); the *'Tis Pity* mentioned does (or did) exist but is a very free 
adaptation with no sub-plots and, as I remember, a somewhat different 
trajectory (I had high hopes when I saw it listed in a catalogue but came 
away very disappointed).

The two wonderful items were part of a PBS Classic Theatre series in the 
mid 1970s (that included also an Eric Porter-Janet Suzman *Macbeth*): 
Eileen Atkins, Charles Kay (Ferdinand), and Michael Bryant (Bosola) in 
*Duchess of Malfi* and Ian McKellen as Edward II (a famous or infamous 
production from c. 1970 directed by Toby Robertson).  Neither of those 
productions has been listed anywhere since the mid 1980s, however.

If either still does exist, Tanya would know about their availability, 
but, for whatever reason, I think that looking for them is a lost cause. 
If that is indeed the case, 'tis pity, for using them in the classroom 
over the years has really enlivened my teaching.

Alan Dessen

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From: 		Larry Weiss <
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Date: 		Thursday, 08 Feb 2007 13:04:11 -0500
Subject: 18.0109 Films of Non-Shakespearean Plays
Comment: 	Re: SHK 18.0109 Films of Non-Shakespearean Plays

I recall seeing an old B&W version of Volpone on TV many years ago.  It 
was in English, with the original title and was reasonably faithful to the 
text.

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Date: 		Thursday, 8 Feb 2007 13:09:08 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 18.0100 Films of Non-Shakespearean Plays
Comment: 	Re: SHK 18.0100 Films of Non-Shakespearean Plays

I've never seen this, but HOTEL, directed by Mike Figgis, is supposed to 
be about what happens to a film crew at a hotel while it films THE DUCHESS 
OF MALFI. This may be the only recent film with at least some Webster 
included.

Jack Heller

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Date: 		Thursday, 8 Feb 2007 13:09:08 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 18.0100 Films of Non-Shakespearean Plays
Comment: 	Re: SHK 18.0100 Films of Non-Shakespearean Plays

While not based on any specific Renaissance play, I would think that DIRTY 
ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS could parallel some of Jonson's or Middleton's city 
comedies.

Jack Heller

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Date: 		Thursday, 8 Feb 2007 15:41:19 -0500
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Comment: 	Re: SHK 18.0109 Films of Non-Shakespearean Plays

Let me add a few more additions to the list, which come to mind as I will 
be using them in class in the next few weeks:

Mike Figgis's *Hotel *(2001), in which the action takes place as a film 
crew are shooting a cinematic version of *The Duchess of Malfi*.

*Middleton's Changeling* (1998), directed by Marcus Thompson, with Billy 
Connolly portraying Alibius.

There are numerous renderings of the Dr. Faustus tale, my current favorite 
being the Czechoslovakian *Faust *(dir. Svankmajer, 1994), one review 
calling it "profoundly imaginative combination of live action, claymation, 
puppet-theatre, stop motion animation and special effects." The film is in 
English. For an intriguing portrayal of Mephistopheles, don't forget the 
1926 Murnau  version starring Emil Jannings.

Also of interest, the film *The Deadly Affair* (Sidney Lumet) features 
Marlowe's *Edward II*.

All best,
Ellen

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From: 		Tanya Gough <
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Date: 		Thursday, 8 Feb 2007 16:18:02 -0500
Subject: 18.0109 Films of Non-Shakespearean Plays
Comment: 	Re: SHK 18.0109 Films of Non-Shakespearean Plays

Here's what we've managed to collect for the catalogue to date.  You can 
access the full list, along with links to additional details at 
http://www.bardcentral.com/index.php?currency=USD&cPath=21_28_153. 
Unfortunately, we have never been able to get our hands on the much touted 
BBC Duchess of Malfi.  If we're missing anything that's still in print, 
I'd be grateful if you'd let me know off-list.

'TIS A PITY SHE'S A WHORE: THE FIRST WOMEN ON THE LONDON STAGE
This program looks at the background and training of the first actresses 
of the London stage, their influence on plays written at the time, their 
lives and the roles they played.

COMUS, A MASKE
A modernized stage production filmed live. Video quality not professional 
but very watchable.

DOCTOR FAUSTUS
Richard Burton stars as the aging scholar who makes a deal with the devil 
for youth, knowledge, and a dazzling mistress

EDWARD II
Derek Jarman's contemporary adaptation of Christopher Marlowe's play.

FAUST
A brilliant animated version of the Faust tale, informed by Goethe more 
than Marlow, but an in-house favorite

HOTEL
This heavily improvised, dogme-inspired film experiment follows a British 
film crew who are shooting a film version of The Duchess Of Malfi in 
Venice; they in turn are being filmed by a sleazy documentary primadonna 
while the decidedly unusual hotel staff feed on the customers both 
literally and metaphorically.

MARLOWE'S FAUST
The potential of blank verse for drama was not truly recognized until 
Christopher Marlowe's Tamburlaine the Great. Many believe his innovation 
greatly influenced Shakespeare's work. However, it is Marlowe's later 
work, The Tragical History of Dr. Faustus, that became his most 
celebrated. This play has mesmerized theatergoers for over 400 years,...

THE CHANGELING
Beatrice is contracted to marry Alonzo, but is in love with Alsemero. She 
hires the deviant DeFlores to kill Alonzo. DeFlores, enamoured of 
Beatrice, is blind to the terrible price he will pay.

THE REVENGERS TRAGEDY
Thomas Middleton's play about love, sex, murder, incest and revenge set in 
a futuristic, post-apocalyptic Liverpool.

THE YORK MYSTERY PLAYS: THE DEATH OF CHRIST
Staged in authentic medieval fashion, the play portrays the impact of the 
crucifixion on a range of characters, from Pontius Pilate to Christ's 
mother, a Roman soldier and others.

YORK MYSTERY PLAYS: THE ANNUNCIATION
This performance of excerpts from two plays in the York Mystery Cycle uses 
a traveling stage, period costumes and a live audience to capture the full 
flavour of the English dramatic tradition in its infancy.

Tanya Gough
The Poor Yorick Shakespeare Catalogue
www.bardcentral.com

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From: 		Cary Dean Barney <
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Date: 		Friday, 9 Feb 2007 10:03:09 +0100
Subject: 18.0109 Films of Non-Shakespearean Plays
Comment: 	Re: SHK 18.0109 Films of Non-Shakespearean Plays

I looked into this further. The Charlotte Rampling "'Tis Pity" is an 
Italian film from 1980, and a comment on IMDB calls it one of the great 
lost European movies, meaning I guess that it's unavailable unless you get 
very lucky. Also, another "Changeling" turns up, with singer Ian Dury 
("Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll") as de Flores! The comments uniformly 
trash it, but I must admit to a morbid curiosity.

More loosely, the old Peter Cook/Dudley Moore "Bedazzled" (remade with 
Brendan Fraser a few years ago) is a comic take on Faustus.

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