The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1247  Monday, 6 May 2002

From:           Bill Arnold <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Friday, 3 May 2002 20:13:57 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 13.1201 Apologia Pro Sententia Sua
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1201 Apologia Pro Sententia Sua

Charles Weinstein writes, "Brian Willis recently opined, apropos of my
comments on the title performances in Romeo+Juliet:  'Claire and Leo are
totally lost, but there is no need to get offensive about it.' To which
I belatedly answer:  That depends on what you believe to be at The
cinema-driven erosion of these minimal standards of competence, a
process celebrated and encouraged by Academia and exemplified by Al,
Claire, Leo and others, may prove to be a momentary aberration in the
history of the performing arts.  I hope it may."

Has anyone suggested that Claire and Leo are in a film based on
Shakespeare's play, and _not_ a filmed version of a stage production?  I
guess they have and I guess some do not take to the suggestion?  I
thought the movie was aimed at teens, and yet I personally found it
appealed to my advanced age and the regression for a couple hours was
enlightening: including the comments by Shakespeareans apropos of the
film, who noticed things aimed at enlightened viewers (guns named
"swords," for one!), and which flew over the heads of teens and
apparently HRH C W I!  It was camp and C W wants chamber drama and his

Bill Arnold

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