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It's clever, but is it art?
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Shakespeare: foolery
In the course of my education, I've discovered that the best way to get anything done is to have something else to procrastinate about. At the moment, I'm procrastinating about Russian grammar. And Russian spelling, and Russian vocabulary. And the writing of long emails in Russian.

I'm procrastinating by means of Shakespeare. Which I guess is more productive, anyway, than procrastinating by means of Star Trek, which was the other option.

Until fairly recently, I was actually -- as absurd as it may sound -- sort of opposed to the idea of seeing Shakespeare on film, or even at a theater: I was quite sure that the only way to really appreciate Shakespeare's work was by reading it. And I still hold that Shakespeare does need to be read; but I've also finally realized how much one gains by watching different versions of the plays. Gods know when I'll ever actually get to see a Shakespeare play on a stage, but for the time being, I've been making use of Netflix for... slightly more academic purposes than usual. Sort of.

Anyway. Ten films so far. I'm sure you guys are dying to know what I thought of them. ;) There's some picspamming, anyway...

Hamlet - 1948: Laurence OlivierCollapse )
Hamlet - 1990: Kevin KlineCollapse )
Hamlet - 1996: Kenneth BranaghCollapse )
King Lear - 2008: Ian McKellenCollapse )
Othello - 1995: Laurence Fishburne, Kenneth BranaghCollapse )
Macbeth - 2010: Patrick StewartCollapse )
A Midsummer Night's Dream - 1968: Ian Holm, Helen MirrenCollapse )
A Midsummer Night's Dream - 1999: Kevin Kline, Christian Bale, Stanley TucciCollapse )
Much Ado About Nothing - 1993: Branagh, Emma Thompson, Robert Sean Leonard...Collapse )
Twelfth Night - 1996: Ben Kingsley, Helena Bonham Carter, Stephen Mackintosh...Collapse )
Oh, and also Titus, which was too bad to watch.Collapse )

Looking this over, I wonder if I should be ashamed that half of my reactions seem to consist of damn these guys look good in period garb. Er. So much for my intellectual pursuits...
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