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Shakespeare, with a touch of Tarantino? Students only?
on 20 February 2012
Not had time to watch the DVD all the way through yet (wait, read on!) but the segments I have watched are superb! Doing a Shakespeare module in my third year of my degree course we have been asked to view extracts from performances (hence why I haven't viewed this in its entirety yet!)
The blinding of Gloucester is always a powerful and emotive scene in any production, but this version is somewhat different from others as it is reminiscent of many 60's/70's horror movies with its visceral sound effects and camera movement. In fact, as the camera pans away during the scene one is reminded of Quentin Tarantion's infamous ear scene in "Reservoir Dogs"!
Okay, some scenes seem a bit ott... too much focus on violence and a relish in suffering... but for sheer emotive force, this is epic! Cordelia's death... wow... horrific and beautiful! That scene alone is worth the price of the DVD!
Would I watch it if I wasn't doing a degree? Maybe not. This is probably best for students now as other productions are more watchable (Trevor Nunn) but for a student this is great DVD as the scenes are powerful and give us poor students something to write about! It is good and worth a look, some clips on Youtube available, but picture quality is better via DVD.