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Jul. 10th, 2005 | 08:41 am
mood: contemplativecontemplative

I sympathise with poor Desdemona when she had such a dangerous stream poured in her ear...I know now what I would do if I were a man and wanted to make a girl love me
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Anyone who can place that quote can covet more of my admiration than they already do.

I wonder if that 'dangerous stream' bit is meant to invoke Hamlet. If so it really shades the image of Othello. No pun intended.

I love Othello. Those lines plus reading Harold Bloom have lately reminded me of that fact. I have an itch to re-watch the 1965 Olivier/Smith/Finlay/Jacobi rendition. It absolutely made me grieve the first time around and I wonder if it's as good as I remember.

I recall finding the first half-hour jarring...I mean, seeing a guy in blackface in the late 90s? Who wouldn't? But the play's not about that anymore than it's about racism. I've heard it suggested that it could have been done without it...I don't know. The text definitely seems to call for erm...a black guy. But would ditching the makeup make it less credible, less tragic? Maybe 'credible' is too strong a word. I might lost some of its realism out of the white/black context. But less tragic? No way.

Incidentally, I think I'd make a kickass Richard III. No makeup please, just strap a pillow to my back and I'm good to go :)

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Gate, gate, paragate, parasamgate, Bodhi Svaha

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from: bluerosesgirl
date: Jul. 10th, 2005 02:29 pm (UTC)
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Lucy! Poor Lucy. Herr Stoker was unkind to her. And oh Harold, the scalliwag.

I'd love to see you as Richard III.

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the very sweet little laughter

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from: adroanzi
date: Jul. 10th, 2005 03:46 pm (UTC)
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I wish she'd stuck around longer; I enjoy her so. Unlike Bloom, who overall just agitates me.

Heh, be careful what you wish for. :)

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Floating Boat

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from: uki_fune
date: Jul. 10th, 2005 03:10 pm (UTC)
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And then you could run around screaming, "A horse, a horse! My kingdom for a horse!"

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the very sweet little laughter

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from: adroanzi
date: Jul. 10th, 2005 03:32 pm (UTC)
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I'd do that anyway...just supply me with some rum and a saddle ;)

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from: kwangjse
date: Jul. 10th, 2005 04:13 pm (UTC)
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A great pun nonetheless...and a wonderful III you would be.

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the very sweet little laughter

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from: adroanzi
date: Jul. 10th, 2005 06:00 pm (UTC)
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I'm flattered you think so...surprised, but flattered :)

You have a knack for turning the winter of my discontent to glorious summer.

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from: kwangjse
date: Jul. 10th, 2005 10:00 pm (UTC)
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:-) I just love the way your mind works.

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A Mighty Moose

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from: track_04
date: Jul. 11th, 2005 04:37 am (UTC)
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I absolutely -adore- Othello. Have you seen the version with Kenneth Brannaugh and Laurence Fishburne? Absolutely fantastic. I highly recommend it!

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