Friday, December 5, 2008

A Brief Foray Back to Shakespeare in Monty Python Before Returning to Shakespeare and Star Trek Week

“Hospital for Overactors.” “Spam.” By Monty Python et al. Perf. Terry Gilliam, John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, and Eric Idle. Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Episode 25. BBC. 15 December 1970. DVD. New Video, 1999.

This clip speaks for itself, but we could note that overacting and underacting Shakespeare are equally poor versions of Shakespeare. I'm fond of the Olivier-inspired Richards the III (Richard the IIIs?) in the Richard the III ward:

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