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Jasmine
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There's a video on youtube where Stash Kirkbride, who voiced Rishda in the Focus on the Family Radio Theatre adaption of The Last Battle, portrays Angelo in Measure for Measure. I guess you could almost say that he was born to play villains.

"And this is the marvel of marvels, that he called me beloved."
(Emeth, The Last Battle)
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Topic starter Posted : June 1, 2022 7:32 pm
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Narnian78
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@jasmine_tarkheena 

This video is much like the BBC’s Shakespeare series from the 1980’s.  It focuses more on the acting than on visual spectacle, which may be what Shakespeare intended when he wrote the play. Thanks for sharing the video.

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Posted : June 3, 2022 5:48 am
Jasmine
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Posted by: @narnian78

@jasmine_tarkheena 

This video is much like the BBC’s Shakespeare series from the 1980’s.  It focuses more on the acting than on visual spectacle, which may be what Shakespeare intended when he wrote the play. Thanks for sharing the video.

I haven't noticed that. Hollywood would be heavily focused on visual spectacle for sure. So this was kind of nice to see something that is not Hollywood.

"And this is the marvel of marvels, that he called me beloved."
(Emeth, The Last Battle)
https://escapetoreality.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/aslan-and-emeth2.jpg

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Topic starter Posted : June 3, 2022 8:24 am
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Col Klink
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I just did a blog post about a movie adaptation of a Shakespeare play from the 1960s. (The movie was from the 1960s, that is, not the Shakespeare play. Wink ) The Taming of the Shrew. The Taming of the Shakespeare | The Adaptation Station.com By a happy coincidence, it actually talks a little about the issue of Shakespeare movie adaptations making the material as much about visuals as about words. Be warned: if you think they should mainly be about dialogue, you may not like the conclusions I draw. But if you're interested in Shakespeare adaptations, it should appeal to you. Hope it's enjoyable to read.

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Posted : June 24, 2022 7:36 am
Narnian78
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I have always liked the old BBC Shakespeare series which aired during the 1970's and 1980's. I don't know how many people here have seen it since it aired decades ago.  The series was made without a lot of money, but the BBC was able to produce all of the plays in only a few years. It was something that has never been done in big screen movies.   That was a remarkable achievement, given the limited resources that were available.

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Posted : June 25, 2022 4:40 am
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@narnian78 I've seen some of these. I think they were sort of baseline productions, done well, for people to have the chance to see all the plays. Many never do, even those who go to live theatre themselves. These didn't have very many famous names, as I recall, mostly good competent stage actors (includthe skill to learn and deliver Shakespeare's lines.

I wonder if these were ever transferred to DVD for bulk purchase, or are available now to stream.

There, shining in the sunrise, larger than they had seen him before, shaking his mane (for it had apparently grown again) stood Aslan himself.
"...when a willing victim who had committed no treachery was killed in a traitor's stead, the Table would crack and Death itself would start working backwards."

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Posted : June 26, 2022 1:28 pm
Narnian78
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@coracle 

I think some of the plays are available for streaming on Amazon. The DVD sets are very expensive and they each include several of the comedies, histories, and tragedies. The title of the series was The Shakespeare Plays and there are more reviews of the individual plays on IMDb.com .  I liked the series very much when it was broadcast decades ago on PBS.  In fact, I don’t think I missed any of the 37 plays. 🙂

 

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Posted : June 26, 2022 7:18 pm
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@narnian78 Thanks. I may have to start getting Amazon. Smile  

There, shining in the sunrise, larger than they had seen him before, shaking his mane (for it had apparently grown again) stood Aslan himself.
"...when a willing victim who had committed no treachery was killed in a traitor's stead, the Table would crack and Death itself would start working backwards."

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Posted : June 26, 2022 7:27 pm
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Col Klink
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While Cymbeline isn't my favorite Shakespeare play, I like it better than a lot of other people do and there's something about it Narnia fans may find amusing. One of the characters is a physician named Cornelius, In other words, Dr. Cornelius.  

For better or worse-for who knows what may unfold from a chrysalis?-hope was left behind.
-The God Beneath the Sea by Leon Garfield & Edward Blishen check out my new blog!

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Posted : August 8, 2022 8:01 am
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