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Shakespeare On Film - tonight


Geoff
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For ballet fans the most interesting film would probably be the 1935 Midsummers Night Dream with choreography by Bronislava Nijinska.  Despite its age and being in black and white it is still highly enjoyable and I can never get over Hollywood's foremost gangster, James Cagney. playing Bottom.  Once a song an dance man, he was a fine Shakespearean actor too.

 

For those that admired Jocelyn Pook's score in the She Said programme, The Al Pacino Merchant of Venice has a score by her too, with a beautiful song performed by Andreas Scholl no less.  Perhaps more likely to feature in a film compendium than the earlier Dream.

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The documentary was fascinating including not just the 'straight' versions from stage to screen but more off-beat versions like 'Forbidden Plant' - a wonderful adaptation of The Tempest that is also brilliant Sci-fi.

 

Linda

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