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23 September 2008 @ 06:43 pm
Richard III lawlwut?  
Or, "In Which Tierfal Fangirls a Guy Who Died in 1616."

I like my Shakespeare class pretty well this semester, 'cause my teacher is insightful and one of those harmless-old-dude types who gets kind of excited over this or that soliloquy.  You probably know the type. XD

In any case, today was particularly interesting, because we watched three film versions of Act 1, Scene 2: the '82 BBC one, Laurence Olivier's '56 version, and the '95 one with Ian McKellan.

As I'd sort of expected after watching a bit of Oliver's Hamlet, I thought that as Richard, he was kind of wooden and really hasn't earned his reputation as the definitive Shakespeare-Actor-Man (Kenneth Branagh, anyone?).  I was pleasantly surprised with the BBC one, since the beginning of their Comedy of Errors wasn't anything too terribly spectacular.  And I knew Ian McKellan was going to make me squee a great deal, and of course he delivered. ;)

Anyway, if you've got, y'know, twenty-five minutes or so to kill, you, too, can admire them, thanks to the wonder of YouTube. :D

So here's the BBC version; the Olivier version; and the Ian McKellan version, which is the order we watched them in during class. :)

Now that I have culturally enriched you, I should go attempt to get a start on the pile of homework swamping my sad little existence... Or maybe start writing the essay for this Shakespeare class of mine, which happens to be due Thursday. XD
Feeling: busybusy
Marmmarmaladefever on September 24th, 2008 02:37 am (UTC)
I liked Lawrence Olivier in this, but not much else:

Happy fangirling!
Vitamin Ctierfal on September 24th, 2008 06:58 pm (UTC)
He does look rather dashing in this one! 8D
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Vitamin Ctierfal on September 24th, 2008 06:59 pm (UTC)
So true! :D
Ngocorientalblossom on September 27th, 2008 12:15 pm (UTC)
Yikes, we watched the Australian version of Macbeth in class, and it was absoultely horrifying (and not in a good way, either.) The acting was terrible, and it the portrayal of the witches was disgusting, but I heard the BBC version was pretty good (something to do with chefs trying to make it big, or something - a modern take.)
Vitamin Ctierfal on September 27th, 2008 07:45 pm (UTC)
Oh, dear. XD I haven't encountered any Australian versions -- but it's interesting just seeing how different people take the same source material, you know? ^^