aefenglommung (aefenglommung) wrote,

Ponderous, precious, preposterous

I caught the last hour and a half of a four-hour documentary on the life of William Shakespeare last night. The Royal Shakespeare Company was featured throughout. By the end of the show, I was amazed at how badly the Royal Shakespeareans do Shakespeare. Dull, slow, overwrought; can these people construe blank verse at all? Half of them sound like they're channeling Captain Kirk. I suppose they're all trying to get people to hear the over-familiar words as if for the first time. Considering that almost nobody's heard the words as Shakespeare wrote them, I think it would be quite novel to "just do it the way it's written," to borrow a phrase from Alfred Hitchcock.

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