Friday, September 5, 2008

The Sponsor Chooses the Best Possible Placement for its Advertisment

King Lear. Dir. Peter Brook. Perf. Orson Welles, Natasha Parry, Margaret Phillips, Beatrice Straight, and Alan Badel. 1953. DVD. Passport, 2006.
Really, I just have three things to note about the Welles' King Lear before moving on to other matters.

One comment is flippant.  

One comment is scholarly.

And one comment is coincidental.  I leave it up to you to determine which is which.
  • Even though the subplot is cut in this production, the network logo seems significant.  CBS's eye-within-the-eye reminds us (perhaps too subtly) of Gloucester's absence from the production.
  • At the end, Alistair Cooke brought Peter Brook up to say a few words.  He said something like, "Thanks to your director here, Andrew McCullough," leading me to believe that McCullough was the director of the Omnibus program while Brook directed this specific production of King Lear.
  • What is the ideal sponsor for a Shakespearean tragedy?  What do you need right at the close of the play?  Well, take a look at this fabulous product placement:

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