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The First Folio of Shakespeare: In Modern Type (Applause First Folio Editions): Comedies, Histories and Tragedies
The First Folio of Shakespeare: In Modern Type (Applause First Folio Editions): Comedies, Histories and Tragedies
by William Shakespeare
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £60.00

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a must have for the practitioner and scholar, 7 Dec. 2003
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this is a wonderbook. before this came along, the closest thing to having the complete folio texts cost 150 pounds, and it was in the original typeface - not easy to decipher.this,however, is in modern typeface! it's a miracle. for myself, as a practitioner, it's a little treasure of a book. there are endless clues that the actor or director can choose to act upon to stage the play in question - for example, 'you' and thou or thee' have different connotations, as do capital letters, as do repetition of words, there are spceifically written regional accents in the original text, it's all there..these can add up at a guide to staging a given text direct from the bard himself (well as near as we're ever going to get!). it is also a way of judging how editors have imposed their ideas about the texts on the page down the centuries, it is invaluable for that reason if no other.for myself, i wouldn't be without it: i cannot say i slavishly follow any of the things that the text offers to me as a practitioner (eg the following the verse form in performance always etc etc..) but i do like to have the choices there, and often i will take them: this text gives me more than any other by way of choices. if this is your field, and even if it's not, this is a lovely and practical book to have to hand: and its so CHEAP!


Titus [DVD] [2000] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Titus [DVD] [2000] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars taymore does the bard, 7 Dec. 2003
this is an intelligent and imaginative adaptation of Shakespeare's early tragedy, titus. personally, as a classical theatre director, i am naturally bias towards the stage as the place to experience what makes shakespeare the genius that it is fully: however,taymore's signature, her imaginative and humanly accomplishable design (she is also a designer) is always evident in her work, this being no exception, it is a pleasure to read the visual elements. one of britian's finest classical actors, anthony hopkins as titus, brings to the role what one would expect from an actor of his caliber. equally, alan cumming gives a strong performance as Saturninus and is matched by Lang as Tamora. Often, this tragedy is dismissed as being one of the lesser plays in the canon - it does not have the complexity of Hamlet, that is true: and in a way this is the strength of the work for film, a medium that cannot capture the dymanic that the more complex plays have in live performance: it does however, grip us, and is a nicely journeyed tragedy in taymore's adaptation. if you are the kind of shakespeare fan who likes to appraise the work by reading along with the text on your knee (a director's nightmare!) forget it: taymore has sliced and diced the text, but in an intelligent way that does not jar. all in all, this is an imaginative postmodern kind of number, and i for one would say its worth a watch.


If Not Now, When? (Penguin Modern Classics)
If Not Now, When? (Penguin Modern Classics)
by Primo Levi
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.68

55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars War, Survival and Love in Eastern Europe, 11 Feb. 2003
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This work of fiction from Primo Levi documents the journey accross Europe of a band of partisans caught behind enemy lines during World War Two. The story is based upon truth, after Levi himself encountered young, hopeful Zionists whilst trying to get back to Italy after his internment in Auschwitz. The novel pulls no punches; it gives an honest account of the conditions the partisans find themselves in; often starving and hungry, living in underground camps or shot down aeroplanes, they are relentlessly brave and determined to survive. It may be a work of fiction, but as an insight into the war of the largely unsung heroes of the resistance movement of Eastern Europe, and the survival story of the Jewish community that lived upon their wits in the woods of Poland and Russia, it is noteworthy. It took Primo Levi over a year to return home to Italy after the war, and on the way he was to hear many stories of survival, as well as having his own adventures.It is written in a style those who have previously read Levi will be familiar with, it is both compelling and compassionate, whilst retaining the distance a scientist puts between himself and his work. Levi addresses one of the recurring themes of his work - how does man act during adverse circumstances? What happens to our morality during war? Relationships are forged and broken, and both the best and the worst of human nature is depicted and, ultimately, that is what makes Levi one of the most important writers of the twentieth century: his examination of the human condition. I would recommend this book, and all his other works, to anyone.
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Tantalus: An Epic for Our Time (Absolute Classics)
Tantalus: An Epic for Our Time (Absolute Classics)
by John Barton
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tanatalising, 11 Feb. 2003
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John Barton, one of the leading lights in theatre in Britain today, has set out with this mammoth ten play cycle to document the myth of the Trojan war, a myth which precedes the Classical Greek dramas of Euripides, Aeschylus and Sophoclese. The dramas, like most modern translations of the plays of the Classical period, are written with a contemporary feel and an immediacy that make them accessible to all, This, coupled with Barton's insight into dramatic writing, make the plays a triumph: they are well crafted, pacy and gripping. Like Classical Greek dramas, the plays ask big questions,"Who is to blame? What is the truth of it? Could it be otherwise?" - asked of the devastating ten year Trojan war, these questions can equally be asked of any conflict today - and that is why, in creating Tantalus, just as the ancient Greeks did before him, Barton has left future generations a legacy: a work of timeless genius.


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