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lil  ·  2395 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Lil's Book of Questions: Whither Shakespeare?

Rico - I can't stop thinking about Shakespeare. When I think of five more Shakespeare stories, another ten come to mind. If it's done well - if as flagamuffin says you have Beatrice sitting in your lap - you will be hooked.

When I think of a play to get you hooked, I think of specific performances

Al Pacino as Shylook in The Merchant of Venice

Kevin Spacey as Richard III - although Richard III is hard to follow.

I love your question and will think more on't...

thenewgreen  ·  2395 days ago  ·  link  ·  

No mention of Kenneth Branagh? I recall enjoying his adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing. I took a Shakespeare course at a community college years ago and we read and then watched that. I recall a sweeping, overhead long camera shot at the beginning that was quite impressive. Worth checking out.

Of the written works, Caesar is still a favorite and if it weren't so "played" out, Romeo and Juliet is kick ass. So much great work.

b_b  ·  2395 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Al Pacino as Richard III is better than either of those, IMO.

lil  ·  2395 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Yes, I saw that too. Fantastic. Did you see Pacino's movie Looking for Richard which is about understanding Richard III - making it, feeling it and it has Alec Baldwin and Kevin Spacey. humanodon as I said, I'll get back to you, but today I'm off to the Met Live in HD. Verdi's opera Falstaff is playing, merely Shakespeare in a different format. It's actually The Merry Wives of Windsor -- no one's favourite play. Let's see what Verdi does with it.

As for the question

    What play would you personally recommend to get someone hooked on Shakespeare?
-- here's a quick comment: I was hooked on The Met: Live in HD after seeing Mozart's The Magic Flute a few years ago -- one of the earliest Met productions that was sent streaming around the world.

I never became hooked on Shakespeare in quite the same way. I've grown up with Shakespeare, as I'm trying to show in my posts -- Shakespeare is all around us. See any production and you will recognize quotations that are in our everyday speech. For example, at my recent Midsummer Night's Dream, I heard this oft-quoted, but unattributed line: "The course of true love never did run smooth."

The stories and characters and plots are as integrated into western culture as Biblical stories, but without the didacticism (lessons) and morality.

b_b  ·  2395 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Yes, that clip is from Looking for Richard. It's a great movie, especially for people like me who aren't that educated about Shakespeare or theater in general. It's really amazing to see all the planning, and dissecting of the script that takes place. I might like that aspect more than the actual performances.