The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.2050  Monday, 22 November 1999.

From:           Stefan Kirby <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Saturday, 20 Nov 1999 02:22:12 -0800
Subject:        He says 'sword', but holds a gun that only says 'sword' on it

Mary Jane Miller wrote:

> If I had a young teenager who hated Shakespeare I'd sit him/her down
> with Branagh's Henry V or Much Ado-  or if really, really stuck,
> DiCaprio's Romeo.

UAARRGH! That DiCaprio R&J was hands down one of the worst films I have
ever had the displeasure to sit through, Shakespeare or no. This is no
way to introduce teens to Shakespeare. Or anyone else, for that matter.
I could have been happy to spend the rest of my life having expurgated
the memory of it from my mind, yet here I sit, having been reminded all
over again. I shall have nightmares tonight.  The only redeeming element
was Pete Posthlewaite's (sp?) performance as the Friar, but then, I
suppose he was the only cast member who actually understood what his
lines meant.

        ~Stefan Kirby~

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