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Old 03-21-2003, 02:15 AM   #1
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Shakespeare... Dead and Loving it

"brevity is the soul of wit"... it's true, Polonius says so. In honour of that pompous windbag I will make this short and bittersweet. This thread is devoted to all those crazy Shakespeare-heads out there. Post your favorite lines, talk about your favorite plays, or even tell us why you like or don't like Crazy Willy...

That's right folks, crack open those Cliff Notes and download Shakespeare for dummies... its time to get reacquainted with the father of western literature... bow down Robert Frost!
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Oh Miss Cleo, you should have predicted how much I love this thread. I know not everyone will appreciate it but you know that wisdom and goodness is vile to the vile.
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"Out damn spot, out" - Lady Macbeth.

Macbeth is definitely one of my favorites of his works. It is very applicable to the status of the world today, and how ambition can destroy friendships of those who desire it. I'm no scholar on the subject of Shakespeare text, but I think that Macbeth is the most dynamic tragic character. He is forced to deal with complex issues, even more so than those faced by Hamlet. Anyone else like this play or is it too "high school" for you...?
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I would read Macbeth over Hamlet anyday. Hamlet is over rated.

Cujo, you just like Macbeth because of the three fortune telling witches.
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Cujo, you just like Macbeth because of the three fortune telling witches.
She knows too much Macbeth... and she's next in line for the Throne of Scotland. Go to the moors and proclaim yourself Thane of Cawdor... there you will duel with the Thane of ARW...
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The most moving passages I have ever read of Shakespeare's were Prospero's "we are such stuff that dreams are made of" speech, and Hamlet's "Hecuba" soliloquy. I love all of Hamlet's soliloquys. He's a bastard but I am more Hamlet than Horatio. Did anyone notice certain references to Shakespeare in Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon?

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She knows too much Macbeth... and she's next in line for the Throne of Scotland. Go to the moors and proclaim yourself Thane of Cawdor... there you will duel with the Thane of ARW...

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My absolute favorite quote ever is from Romeo and Juliet. Act V.I.1-2

If I may trust the flattering truth of sleep my dreams presage some joyful news at hand----Romeo.
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What did you think of Roman Polanski's version of Romeo and Juliet. I think he filmed it just after his wife was killed...
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Cujo didn't he do Macbeth? I didn't know he did Romeo and Juliet too. Personally I think Franco Zeffirelli's 1968 version is the best version of Romeo and Juliet.
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You're right Arw... I meant Zeffirelli... for some reason I always get those two mixed up.
I thought that the Macbeth version by Polanski was great... decapitation and all!
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You get Zeffielli and Polanski mixed up

I've really only seen the BBC versions of the plays on film. I've seen tons of them performed at various theatre's around town. I don't always like Hollywood's interpretation of Shakespeare.

This isn't Shakespeare but it's the only example I have, my absolute most hated movie of all time is First Knight with Sean Connery and Richard Gere. It was so historically inaccurate to King Arthur's time it made me ill watching it.....that would be why I don't typically watch any of the plays when they are made into movies.
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Yes First Knight was awful...
but so was Romeo Must Die... I just sat there and said when will you die so I can leave the theatre.

Zeffirelli and Polanski are both eccentric recluses who did Shakespeare adaptations... why wouldn't you mix them up?
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Zeffirelli and Polanski are both eccentric recluses who did Shakespeare adaptations... why wouldn't you mix them up?
I don't think I've seen much of Polanski and I've only heard of Zeffirelli because of Romeo and Juliet. I guess I'm not up on the directors of the world. Sorry. I've got other things on my mind. Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown.
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