The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0358 Wednesday, 24 July 2013
Date: July 23, 2013 9:18:51 PM EDT
Subject: RE: ‘Romeo and Juliet’ Starring Hailee Steinfeld
Mari Bonomi objects to the “stupidification” of the text in the coming R&J movie.
But part of a director’s dilemma, save fidelity, is also to communicate with the audience, stupefied or not. Making bastards of Shakespeare’s words aren’t legible in the director’s intentions, but being understood is, like any decent director.
If a teacher cares more about the plays’s text then she shouldn’t use class to show movies. More, if you’re a serious purist you’d teach the plays in their original pronunciation besides.