Media Thursday: not quite the Ides of March

Today is Thursday, so that means “media day,” on which I like to focus on some Shakespeare-related work. This week, I want to preview something on the horizon:

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Podcast 162: The Tempest — Videos, and Caliban speech study

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This week’s podcast [FINALLY] returns us to our prolonged discussion of The Tempest. We have some video reviews, a discussion of two major Caliban speeches, an explanation for my tardiness, and a little preview.

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Friday Film Focus: The Tempest, 1983, Bard Productions

OK, it’s Friday, and this is the day of the week that Hollywood loves to open a new flick, and boy is there a blockbuster on tap for today–Star Wars, Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (which I’ll catch tomorrow). But I have something else in mind: one of the many productions of The Tempest that are available on video. This week, I’m taking a look at a 1983 video production, starring Efrem Zimbalist, Jr..

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Friday Film Focus: Forbidden Planet, 1956

OK, it’s Friday, and this is the day of the week that Hollywood loves to open a new flick, but I have something else in mind: one of the many productions of The Tempest that are available on video. This week, I’m taking a look at a not-quite Shakespeare adaptation: 1956’s sci-fi classic Forbidden Planet.

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Friday Film Focus: The Tempest, 2010 film, directed by Julie Taymor

OK, it’s Friday, and this is the day of the week that Hollywood loves to open a new flick, but I have something else in mind: one of the many productions of The Tempest that are available on video. This week, I’m taking a look at the first of our videos that is a purely cinematic version–shot on location, as opposed to on a soundstage or stage set: the 2010 cinematic theatrical release, directed by Julie Taymor and starring Helen Mirren as Prospera.

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Friday Film Focus: The Tempest, 1979, by BBC (Complete Works)

It’s now fall and the time of good movies released to theaters (in theory), and this being a Friday, it’s time to take a look at a video version of our play under discussion. Thus, let’s take a look at The Tempest from the BBC’s Complete Works, an entry from 1980.

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Friday Film Focus: Shakespeare Uncovered – The Tempest by BBC

OK, so it’s not quite a film, but it is a The Tempest-related viewing experience.

I checked out Shakespeare Uncovered: The Tempest with Trevor Nunn, an hour special, hosted by the famed British director, focusing on the last romance.

Shakespeare Uncovered: The Tempest with Trevor Nunn (photo courtesy PBS)

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Friday Film Focus: Titus Andronicus by Royal Shakespeare Company

Last Sunday, I checked out the cinema broadcast of the recent production of Titus Andronicus by the Royal Shakespeare Company. But this is going to be more than a mere review. It’s gonna be a rant, as well (but more on that later)…

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Friday Film Focus: The Winter’s Tale (1981; BBC)

It’s now August and a Friday, which means a new summer blockbuster is being released: The Dark Tower which might be cool (dig Idris Elba, but man, those early reviews have been BRU-tal…anyways…)…but that’s not what we’re talking about today. Today, we take a look at one of the only widely released films of The Winter’s Tale, the BBC Complete Works entry from 1981.

Leontes is not a happy camper

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Friday Film Focus: The Winter’s Tale (1910; silent)

It’s July and a Friday, which means a new summer blockbuster is being released: Dunkirk which I cannot wait to see…but that’s not what we’re talking about today. Today, we take a look at one of the first films of The Winter’s Tale, a silent film from 1910.

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