On Fri, 25 Apr 1997 11:14:20 -0400 [log in to unmask] writes:
>About time they remade a lot of other Shakespearean films:
>How'd you like to see Sean Connery as Oberon in "A Midsummer Night's
As long as he is the Sean Connery of the Indiana Jones movie or like the
dragon in, oh...what was that recent movie with Dennis Quaid...and not
the stiffly formal Connery of "First Knight". Now, who for
Titania...Michelle Pieffer? And someone dangerous for Puck...time to
shake that cute kid idea and get someone truly amoral looking and
acting...Wilhem Dafoe or John Malkovitch. Much as I loved the old 30's
movie with Mickey Rooney as Puck and Jimmy Cagney as Bottom...Puck is,
all the fairy-folk are dangerous and amoral and decidedly uncute. John
Goodman as Bottom.
But...what I would really like to see is "Lear" done as it should be,
Nor does he have to be such a doddering old man. Since Celtic kings
served only so long as they had no physical defect, or could father children, or were healthy and had all their body parts and, when one or more
of the preceding turned negative, were then ritually put to death and auguries read in their writhings and bleedings...Lear stepping down while
he still qualifies to be king can be seen as hubris, attempting to avoid
his fate. Hell, he could be a healthy 50 - 60, given the time, and still be pushing his limits. But he wouldn't be 70 or 80.
Anyhow, Shakespeare got the story from Holinshed's "Chronicles of the
Kings of Britain" and he, I'm fairly certain, placed it in the correct period.
Speaking of filmed Shakespeare...have you seen Branagh's "Hamlet"? I've
not seen it yet. I've enjoyed his "Henry V" and "Much Ado About
Nothing". Haven't seen "Othello" and have my reservations, as they
clipped Shakespeare and added dialogue to make it more user friendly.
How about Connery as Lear? Ah...that's it. Mel Gibson for Oberon.