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Re: What's your favorite Shakespeare play and why?
« Reply #15 on: September 26, 2017, 01:37:06 PM »
I've seen many Shakeaspeare plays but not that one. I'll have to check it out.
Definitely check out Feinnes' version.
From Goddard's The Meaning of Shakespeare (vol. 2):
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His [Coriolanus's] contempt for the plebeians has given the drama the reputation of being the extreme example of Shakespeare's own supposed antidemocratic convictions.
"Antidemocratic"; I like it already. :)

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Re: What's your favorite Shakespeare play and why?
« Reply #16 on: September 26, 2017, 02:43:06 PM »
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Re: What's your favorite Shakespeare play and why?
« Reply #17 on: September 26, 2017, 04:57:48 PM »
Macbeth

 

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Re: What's your favorite Shakespeare play and why?
« Reply #18 on: September 26, 2017, 05:00:53 PM »
Henry V

Lawrence Olivier


My school was taken to see that at the Chiswick Empire when it came out during the war.
Apparently it was government sponsored to boost British morale.
 

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Re: What's your favorite Shakespeare play and why?
« Reply #19 on: September 26, 2017, 07:04:48 PM »
Out, vile jelly!

King Lear
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Re: What's your favorite Shakespeare play and why?
« Reply #20 on: September 26, 2017, 08:00:28 PM »
Henry V


Absolutely.  So tremendously stirring...

But I also have a special liking for this scene:


Giving thanks to God for victory, while sorrowfully carrying the dead away for burial...

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From Henry V, Shakespeare:
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    Was ever known so great and little loss
    On one part and on the other? Take it, God,
    For it is none but thine!

EXETER

    'Tis wonderful!

KING HENRY V

    Come, go we in procession to the village.
    And be it death proclaimed through our host
    To boast of this or take the praise from God
    Which is his only.

FLUELLEN

    Is it not lawful, an please your majesty, to tell
    how many is killed?

KING HENRY V

    Yes, captain; but with this acknowledgement,
    That God fought for us.

FLUELLEN

    Yes, my conscience, he did us great good.

KING HENRY V

    Do we all holy rites;
    Let there be sung 'Non nobis' and 'Te Deum;'
    The dead with charity enclosed in clay:
    And then to Calais; and to England then:
    Where ne'er from France arrived more happy men.

Exeunt
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Re: What's your favorite Shakespeare play and why?
« Reply #21 on: September 26, 2017, 10:47:42 PM »
Branaugh is sufficient in Henry V but cannot hold his own against Olivier.
Not Opinion. Fact.
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Re: What's your favorite Shakespeare play and why?
« Reply #22 on: September 27, 2017, 06:35:37 PM »
The Merchant of Venice. Some great speeches in there.
Shylock's is classic, yes.

And Portia's

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The quality of mercy is not strained.
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath. It is twice blessed:
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.
'Tis mightiest in the mightiest. It becomes
The thronèd monarch better than his crown.
His scepter shows the force of temporal power,
The attribute to awe and majesty
Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings,
But mercy is above this sceptered sway.
It is enthronèd in the hearts of kings.
It is an attribute to God himself.
And earthly power doth then show likest God’s
When mercy seasons justice.

When I was in college, studying Ancient Greek, I made a mistake on my final and used the wrong accent marks throughout. I waited for the professor afterward and quoted this speech to him, and he only took a couple of points off.  :cheeseheadbeer:
"Though she be but little, she is fierce." A Midsummer Night's Dream, Act III Scene ii
 
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Re: What's your favorite Shakespeare play and why?
« Reply #23 on: September 27, 2017, 08:14:01 PM »
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Re: What's your favorite Shakespeare play and why?
« Reply #24 on: December 05, 2017, 05:10:17 PM »
A parishioner at Our Lady of Sorrows in Phoenix is giving a series of three lectures on Hamlet.  The first two are now posted online. Go to soundcloud.com and search for Holy Name Society Phoenix.
Here's the URL: https://soundcloud.com/user-401087675

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Re: What's your favorite Shakespeare play and why?
« Reply #25 on: December 11, 2017, 07:20:55 AM »
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Re: What's your favorite Shakespeare play and why?
« Reply #26 on: December 12, 2017, 12:08:46 AM »
Coriolanus. The lines are great. He despises the idiots of Rome, but he loves Rome.

The older BBC productions of it don't capture it well, imo. The play itself is good to read. Ralph Feinnes' "modernized" version was outstanding. If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend it.

Here's a comparison of his big speech:

I think it's an untapped Shakespearean play, not getting the credit it deserves. The rise and fall of Caius Martius Coriolanus, going to the enemies of Rome and becoming a leader of them only to find that the same thing which got him banished from Rome -- pride -- led to his downfall amongst his former enemies.

I didn't know that movie was based off a Shakespeare play when I first watched it, then I read the play too, love it!

A Midsummer's Night Dream is good too