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Bloody Sunday Bloody: A tale of two Shakespeares

OK, yesterday was an interesting day Bard-wise. The British Council’s Shakespeare Lives initiative presented a BBC broadcast and a worldwide internet streamed delivery of the Shakespeare’s Globe production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. And last night, I took in the Theatricum Botanicum’s production of Titus Andronicus here in southern California.

Compare and contrast, as the ol’ English teacher in me might say…

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Antony and Cleopatra Video Capsule Review: 1984, Bard Productions

It’s Friday, so welcome to the third film in our six-week Friday Film Focus on Antony and Cleopatra. Each week, I’ll present a capsule review of an A&C video, with full reviews coming in a future podcast.

In 1984, as part of the ongoing Bard Productions from TMW, director Lawrence Carra filmed a production of the play for video release, starring Timothy Dalton as Antony and Lynn Redgrave as Cleopatra.

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Antony and Cleopatra Video Capsule Review: 1981, BBC

It’s Friday, so welcome to the second film in our six-week Friday Film Focus on Antony and Cleopatra. Each week, I’ll present a capsule review of an A&C video, with full reviews coming in a future podcast.

In 1980, as Jonathan Miller was beginning his tenure as the producer of the BBC Complete Works of Shakespeare in the series third season, he filmed Antony and Cleopatra, starring Colin Blakely as Antony and Jane Lapotaire as Cleopatra.

Antony and Cleopatra, 1981 BBC production
Antony and Cleopatra, 1981 BBC production

As with the vast majority of the series, a great emphasis was put on a kind of faux-Elizabethan presentation. Thus, the costuming is a weird mixture of classic and Renaissance. And as is per usual with this series, the production is done on a soundstage, and thus the plays can be pretty stagey.

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Antony and Cleopatra Video Capsule Review: 2014, Stratford Festival

It’s Friday, and that’s movie release day, and so today, I’m going to start for Antony and Cleopatra a six-week Friday Film Focus (unlike our last play Macbeth, which had beaucoup de cinema, our pseudo-sequel to Julius Caesar has, well, let’s just say some slim pickin’s). Each week, I’ll present a capsule review of an A&C video, with full reviews coming in a future podcast.

In 2014, the Stratford Festival in Canada, as part of its “On Demand” series, captured on film their production of Antony and Cleopatra, directed for the stage by Gary Griffin, and for film by Barry Avrich, with Geralnt Wyn Davies as Antony, Yanna McIntosh as Cleopatra, and Tom McCamus as Enobarbus.

Stratford Festival Antony and Cleopatra 2014 (courtesy Stratford Festival)
Stratford Festival Antony and Cleopatra 2014 (courtesy Stratford Festival)

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Macbeth Movie Madness: Majnicz v. Fassbender

A couple of weeks ago, I introduced the way we’re going to review videos of Macbeth: a March Madness-style bracket with the fifteen immediately accessible versions. And today we have our fifth first-round Bard battle:

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the 2012 Polish production brought to London as part of the 2012 Globe to Globe Festival, directed by Maja Kleczewska with Michał Majnicz and Judyta Paradzinska (the #12 seed)
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the 2015 film, directed by Justin Kurzel with Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard (the #5 seed)

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