The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.0960  Wednesday, 7 October 1998.

From:           Richard A. Burt <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Tuesday, 06 Oct 1998 20:47:58 -0400 (EDT)

Last Sunday, on Daria (the MTV cartoon), there was an exchange between
Daria and her English teacher, who is portrayed as a total loser, where
we see written on the background in a number of different shots the
following:  Shakespeare, the Globe, poison, tragedy, Romeo and Juliet,
Who is Ben Jonson?

I went to see What Dream May Come today.  Oh, my God.  I O.D.ed on Robin
Williams some years ago.  In any case, there is perhaps one Shakespeare
reference.  When the wife returns from Hell, she says to the husband
(Williams) "Remember me?", perhaps (And I should underline this word)
citing the Ghosts injunction to Hamlet, "Remember me."  The film is
about the transition of 19th century painting (Turner, Caspar David
Frederich, etc)--the wife is a curator and painter, the husband her
adviser, and his creation of heaven literalizes her paintings so that
when he crushes a flower, it turns to paint in his hand-into film (with
digitally engineered special effects) and the attendant transition from
Romanticism (with its close proximity to kitsch) to harlequin romance
(totally absorbed by kitsch).  Though the film ostensibly is about a
fantasy of a love so great that it survives death (the husband literally
goes to hell and back to get his wife), it suggests, inadvertently I
suppose, that heaven and hell are really impossible to distinguish:  in
either case, you're stuck with your partner for eternity; you couldn't
get rid of your ex even if you wanted to since he'll come back as a
stalker and track you down, haunt you, and force you to come back.  The
film, in any case, should have been titled _When White Hetero Male
Dreams May Come."  Maybe someone will do the porn version-Wet Dreams May
Come-and deliver something more interesting.

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