If music be the food of love, play on. One of my favourite lines, spoken by one of my least favourite characters. Happy Twelfth Night, friends. (You who are on the alert will say, ‘But that was yesterday!’ True, but close enough).
I hope the holidays have been good to you. It has been an extremely quiet Shakespeare month out there. I don’t know if I would agree with Claudio who says in Much Ado about Nothing, ‘Silence is the perfectest herald of joy’ (he’s another least favourite!) but in this silence I have come up with a brilliant (I’m so modest) addition to the monthly report: films with Shakespeare connections. See below. It appears there are a lot of them.
So, here’s the new improved report, starting with links to Shakespeare calling – the book. All support for my work with Shakespeare through purchasing or promoting the book are very much appreciated. Spread the word! Thank you!
The book is available for those of you in Great Britain and parts of Europe on this site:
Also available on http://www.amazon.com/Shakespeare-Calling-book-Ruby-Jand/dp/9163782626/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1436073737&sr=1-1&keywords=Ruby+Jand+shakespeare+calling
Or in Sweden
or Adlibris. Or contact the publisher firstname.lastname@example.org
- In the novel The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon the following quote from Richard II is used to start Part III: ‘The bay leaves in our country are all withered and meteors fright the fixéd stars of heaven.’
Films with a Shakespeare connection seen this month:
- Trainspotter and Trainspotter 2: Shakespeare connection: Shirley Henderson - Katherine in The Taming of the Shrew Re-Told. https://rubyjandsfilmblog.blogspot.com/2020/01/trainspotting.html https://rubyjandsfilmblog.blogspot.com/2020/01/2t-trainspotting-2.html
- Inside I'm Dancing - Shakespeare connection: James McAvoy - Macbeth (Re-Told). Romola Garai - Cordelia in King Lear, Celia in As You Like It. Stanley Townsend in The Hollow Crown. https://rubyjandsfilmblog.blogspot.com/2019/12/inside-im-dancing.html
- Cry Freedom - Shakespeare connection: Denzil Washington - Don Pedro in Much Ado About Nothing. Kevin Kline - Hamlet, Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Jaques in As You Like It https://rubyjandsfilmblog.blogspot.com/2019/12/cry-freedom.html
- Shakespeare in Love: connection obvious. https://rubyjandsfilmblog.blogspot.com/2019/05/shakespeare-in-love.html
- Rachel Getting Married – Shakespeare connection: Shakespeare wasn’t married to this particular Anne Hathaway. https://rubyjandsfilmblog.blogspot.com/2019/12/rachel-getting-married.html
- The Magic Flute – Shakespeare connection – Branagh. https://rubyjandsfilmblog.blogspot.com/2019/12/the-magic-flute.html
- The Matrix Trilogy – Shakespeare connection: Fishburne did an excellent Othello and Reeves a sullen and convincing Don John in Much Ado about Nothing. Harold Perrineau was lovely as Mercutio in Luhrman’s Romeo and Juliet. https://rubyjandsfilmblog.blogspot.com/2019/12/the-matrix-revolutions.html
- Footloose - Shakespeare connection: John Lithgow played Malvolio once upon a time and was quite brilliant at it. https://rubyjandsfilmblog.blogspot.com/2019/12/footloose.html
- Dune - Shakespeare connection, well the reviewer (yours truly) wrote, 'It’s almost Shakespearean in its grand incomprehensibility.' That's kind of a merit, isn't it?
Further since last time:
- Very little Shakespeare.
Posted this month
- This report
Shakespeare Calling – the book is promoted by
Read more about my alter ego’s books, in one of which Shakespeare appears live and in person, on: