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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Shakespeare in Action

Maybe you started watching the PBS series The Hollow Crown and never got to finish it. Maybe you missed the beginning and didn't want to start in the middle. Or maybe, you enjoyed it so much, you want to watch it again. If so, you're in luck! We now have The Hollow Crown in our collection [DVD HOL].

Or perhaps, you haven't a clue to what it is I'm talking about? The New York Times published this summary when the programs were first aired back in September. In it, director, Sam Mendes, expressed his intent:
...to do over the BBC Shakespeares that had been done in the ’70s, but this time to do them as real films, on locations and with large numbers of extras, rather than as the weird hybrids they were then.

Mendes filmed four plays as action movies: "Richard II," "Henry IV, Part 1," "Henry IV, Part 2," and "Henry V." We have the theatrical presentations set of the Shakespeare plays, Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare, on DVD [DVD 822.33 SHA]. It might be fun to watch The Hollow Crown and compare its offering to the stage performances.

And, if you doubt the relevance of these plays to life in the 21st century, let me tell you about a Boston Book Festival session I attended on the 19th: the session was titled "Shakespeare and Leadership: Richard Olivier." Richard Olivier is the son of Sir Laurence Olivier and Joan Plowright. Here's the description:
Richard Olivier, who directed Henry V for the opening of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London, has Shakespeare in his blood. The actor/director, quoting heavily from the play, gives a powerful presentation on the lessons and psychological insights of Henry V. Olivier is the author of Inspirational Leadership: Henry V and the Muse of Fire. Come be inspired by the Bard!
Richard Olivier now makes a living out of sharing the lessons of Shakespeare. Psychological insights and action await you in The Hollow Crown!

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