The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1980  Thursday, 26 September 2002

From:           Tanya Gough <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Wednesday, 25 Sep 2002 10:33:41 -0400
Subject:        Spin Off

For the purveyors of absurdist spin-offs, The Secret Sex Lives of Romeo
and Juliet has just been released on DVD ($41.99 Canadian, $31.99 US) as
a double feature with The Notorious Cleopatra.

The R&J blurb reads as follows:

"Yes, it's Shakespeare with skin in this outrageously bawdy, sexed-up
version of the world's most famous love story, The Secret Sex Lives of
Romeo and Juliet!  Join us in merry old London where, with apologies to
the Bard, a crackpot cast (of mostly busty redheads) gives a performance
"to match the spirit of the lusty and ribald times portrayed."  The
result is an immortal tale of two lovers who end up loving just about
everyone amidst a non-stop barrage of dumb jokes, gleeful nudity,
rambunctious sex scenes, a lyrical lesbian interlude, whipping, whipped
cream, Derek the Horny Hunchback, and literature's most famous single
line of dialogue, 'Sock it to me!"  No, it's not the Shakespeare you
learned in school, but it's exactly what you'd expect from producer
Harry Novak (Please Don't Eat My Mother!) and the director of The
Notorious Daughter of Fanny Hill.  As one of the cast members so
succinctly puts it, 'Willie never wrote THIS!'"

The Notorious Cleopatra also features "a virgin sacrifice, an Egyptian
orgy, the Ides of March, a shocker of an ending, and a complete
skewering of history in this wacky Harry Novak sex comedy which won't be
playing on the History Channel anytime soon."

The DVD includes director commentary for R&J, a short subject film
called "Cleopatra's Milk Bath", another called "Cleopatra's Asp", photo
galleries and Radio-Spot Rarities.

It also comes with the warning: "This program contains nudity, sexual
situations and jokes so bad they actually hurt."

We should have it posted to the website within the next few days.

Cheers to all,
Tanya Gough
Poor Yorick Shakespeare Catalogue

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