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Tuesday, November 13, 2007


For as long as people have been making films, they've been trying to get The Bard up on the screen. It's a daunting task. They do it because they love it, and sometimes because they think they're the shit.

It can be done, however, and I enjoy watching them try.

There are two huge hurdles: the language and the length.

The language isn't a concern provided the cast is well seasoned. At the gate you're gonna lose a huge number of people who just won't go see Bill Shakespeare anyway, so you can't worry about that. Just get it right.

Then you gotta make cuts. Bill's plays run three to four hours. You gotta make cuts.

Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him...

Maybe Rice and Webber can get together and do HAMLET the Rock Musical! kind of like JC superstar.

I agree it would be great on film, but length man, That is why a rock Opera would be just the vehicle.
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