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LOVERS OF SHAKESPEARE

LOVERS OF SHAKESPEARE is a group for fans of the Bard. Topics are open to just about anything Shakespeare.

Members: 83
Latest Activity: May 5

Welcome to Lovers of Shakespeare

To be or not to be, that is the question;
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing, end them. To die, to sleep;
No more; and by a sleep to say we end
The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to — 'tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish'd. To die, to sleep;
To sleep, perchance to dream. Ay, there's the rub,
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come,
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause.


External Links
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The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
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Discussion Forum

Shakespeare: Original pronunciation

Started by A Former Member Nov 10, 2012. 0 Replies

Sonnet 109, read by Susannah York

Started by A Former Member Nov 10, 2012. 0 Replies

To Be or Not to Be Shakespeare

Started by A Former Member Nov 14, 2011. 0 Replies

William Shakespeare, Gangster

Started by A Former Member Nov 9, 2011. 0 Replies

Sonnet 43

Started by A Former Member. Last reply by A Former Member Nov 5, 2010. 2 Replies

Did Shakespeare Want To Suppress His Sonnets?

Started by A Former Member. Last reply by A Former Member May 24, 2010. 3 Replies

"Fear no more," from Cymbeline

Started by A Former Member. Last reply by A Former Member Mar 22, 2010. 2 Replies

Centuries later, lost Shakespeare 'found'?

Started by A Former Member Mar 16, 2010. 0 Replies

Re-Imagining Shakespeare for the 21st Century

Started by Christopher Wilton. Last reply by Jaume Dec 29, 2009. 5 Replies

Jude Law, Tackling Hamlet From The Inside Out

Started by A Former Member. Last reply by A Former Member Oct 15, 2009. 3 Replies

Roof over Shakespeare's bones risks collapse

Started by A Former Member Sep 21, 2009. 0 Replies

Alternate punctuation in Shaky's most famous quote

Started by Jaume. Last reply by Lynne Williamson Aug 20, 2009. 6 Replies

What did Shakespeare think of religion?

Started by D'Holbach. Last reply by A Former Member Aug 12, 2009. 10 Replies

Villains in mainstream culture

Started by Jaume. Last reply by Jaume Aug 10, 2009. 3 Replies

Jude Law as Hamlet

Started by Elessarina. Last reply by Elessarina Aug 8, 2009. 4 Replies

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Comment by A Former Member on January 4, 2009 at 4:52pm
I don't think it is the worst version. Jack Lemmon's performance was dreadful, though from what I remember, Derek Jacobi's and Kate Winslet's was fine. I didn't like the addition of the love scenes between Hamlet and Ophelia though, because 1.) that never would have been shown in Shakespeare's day, and 2.) it seems sophmoric and gratuitous to add it. Also, the last scene right before the intermission, where Hamlet is making his oath and the camera zooms out far away, as dumb.
Comment by Leslee Love on January 4, 2009 at 4:47pm
"It's like they shot it in a mall"...I agree. It's too moderny and it takes the darkness out of it. But it has been forever since I have seen it...I will have to watch it soon now.
Comment by A Former Member on January 4, 2009 at 4:04pm
I've mostly seen the tragedies, cuz that is my thing. I am still very much a dilletante at this thing though. Macbeth = Welles version and Polanski version. Hamlet = the two I've mentioned here: Kozintsev's version and Olivier version. Brahnah version not the worst, but I hate some scenes and hate the lighting in that film. It's lighted like they shot it in a shopping mall. Titus Andronicus, only seen one besides the BBC version, and that was Titus with Anthony Hopkins.
Comment by Leslee Love on January 4, 2009 at 3:45pm
I was just wondering. I love the British versions (of anything--I secretly wish I were British and live in England). I remembered you saying you did not like that particular version. What are some of your favourite versions of Macbeth, Hamlet, Midsummer, and any others?
Comment by A Former Member on January 4, 2009 at 3:39pm
That is not one that I was referring to specifically, though I did not liek that one either. The ones I was referring two all have similar jacket designs, theatrical looks, and production values. They were part of a series they did. They're just dreadful.
Comment by Leslee Love on January 4, 2009 at 3:36pm
Dallas, does that include the Macbeth version with Ian Mckellan and Judi Dench?
Comment by A Former Member on January 4, 2009 at 3:18pm
Ian, not sure that I know exactly which productions you are speaking of here, but the library has a bunch of BBC productions of his plays, of which I have seen a lot, and they are all absolutely terrible.
Comment by Ian Mason on January 4, 2009 at 1:38am
Some of the BBC complete test series are worthwhile. "Lear" - Michael Horden: "The Shrew" - John Cleese "Comedy of Errors" - Roger Daltrey (Yeeeeaaaaaah!) "Hamlet" - Derek Jacobi/Patrick Stewart. Al Pacino gets my vote as the best Shylock. Non Bard: "Lion in Winter" with Stewart/Close. A TV version made for Hallmark and a superlative production.
Comment by Leslee Love on January 3, 2009 at 9:20pm
Kline directed the 1990 version and starred in it if I'm not mistaken...He was also in Midsummer which I love!!!
Comment by o on January 3, 2009 at 9:12pm
I actually prefer the Gibson version over the Branagh...I can't stand Shakespeare in modern interpretations. The Mel version was something that actually turned my ds16 (then 8ish) onto Shakespeare. I just watched it last month with my 8 and 6 year old.
 

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