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“Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.” — Henry IV, Part 2 (3.1.31) On a chilly November night in 2008, I stood in Grant Park clutching an Obama poster among a crowd of thousands. For black kids in America, the promise that you can be whatever you want to be — an astronaut, a... Black Panther Has To Be Twice As Good If It’s Going To Succeed">Read more » »
- Ira Madison III
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8.20: Much Ado About Murder
Much Ado About Murder. The title alone pulled me in simply because, well, I’m a scholar of Shakespeare and the Renaissance and I think Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing, in which Nathan Fillion played Dogberry, showed us that the man can legitimately pull off the Bard. Add to that the allure of former Firefly shipmate Jewel Staite showing up, and, boy-howdy, I’m in.
Did the episode actually live up to my hopes? Sorta. But certainly not the way I expected it to.
For starters, it was actually pretty light on the Shakespeare, all things considered. The plot revolves around the murder of an actor, who himself is potentially on the point of murdering Shakespeare. The episode opens with the performer, »
Director Dominic Cooke trims down and sexes up Henry VI to great effect but Shakespeare’s language shines through. Plus, Attenborough at 90
I was about 11, I think, when my grandparents took me to Stratford (-upon-Avon) to see Shakespeare’s Henry VI. All three parts in two days. Throw him in at the deep end, they must have thought, with the least accessible – some say least successful – work. Hours and hours and hours of it, that will get him hooked.
Obviously, it had the opposite effect. He – I – thought whatever was the late-70s equivalent of Wtf, and from that moment on had a difficult relationship not just with the Bard but with the theatre itself, which has only recently shown some signs of improvement.
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- Sam Wollaston
For the BBC series, Eyre took Shakespeare’s histories out into the country they portrayed, shooting on location to give a broad vision of England
Shakespeare’s history plays are all about contrasts: council chambers and battlefields, city and country, the corridors of power and the world of the streets. High politics and low life. And that’s especially true of Henry IV Parts I and II. Half the time you’re watching England’s rulers sitting in meetings, tearing the country apart; the rest of the time you’re with Hal and Falstaff down the pub. They’re panoptic, these plays, full of so many different kinds of England. All human life is here. The two plays have great similarities, but they’re also in subtly different keys. Part I is brighter and more youthful, the story of Hal and his great rival, Hotspur; Part II is bleaker. Everyone seems to be older. »
- Interview by Andrew Dickson
The BBC has released the official trailer for "The Hollow Crown: The Wars Of The Roses," their upcoming second batch of Shakespeare telemovie adaptations. Ben Whishaw, Tom Hiddleston and Jeremy Irons starred in the 2012 first season which adapted the Henriad - "Richard II," both parts of "Henry IV" and "Henry V".
Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Sturridge, Judi Dench, Keeley Hawes, Sally Hawkins, Michael Gambon and Sophie Okonedo lead this second batch of three telemovies which adapts "Henry VI, Part I" as the first film, the second and third parts of "Henry VI" into the second film, and "Richard III" into the third. All three films hit BBC Two later this year.
- Garth Franklin
★★★★☆ "A man can die but once; we owe God a death." Shakespeare's Henry IV provides the basis for the poetic expression of the fatalistic storm ever brewing on the horizon of Howard Hawks' Only Angels Have Wings. "If we pay it today, we don't owe it tomorrow," goes the typically practical Hawksian suffix. Unlike the actual meteorological ructions that plague the pilots flying out of the fictional South American town of Barranca, that ultimate tempest is one they prefer to leave unmentioned. "Who's Joe?" asks a chorus of airmen in the bar when Bonnie (Jean Arthur), a showgirl passing through, brings up a young buck that just perished in a crash.
- CineVue UK
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