Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Bollywood Macbeth

Maqbool. Dir. Vishal Bharadwaj. Perf. Irfan Khan and Tabu. 2003. DVD. Music Today, 2004.

Vast, immeasurable amounts of work have prevented me from posting as often as I'd like (though, perhaps, still too often for your tastes) this month. I thought I'd try to get out of the habit of not positing by concentrating for a while on Macbeth. Although I'm not sure how long I can keep it up—indeed, I am in I am in grading stepp'd in so far that, should I wade no more, returning were as tedious as go o'er—I can but try. I dare do all that may become a blogger; who dares do more is none.

With that, we have a short clip from the Bollywood version of the play: Maqbool:

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Shakespeare in Asia—on Shakespeare's Birthday!

Shakespeare Performance in Asia. MIT Shakespeare Electronic Archive. 23 April 2009 {URL}.
Today is Shakespeare's birthday—and the day he died—and St. George's Day—and I didn't think that I could pass it up, even though I haven't been able to post for a month due to crazybusyoverwhelmingitis.

Fortunately, I recently learned of a marvelous resource that is worth telling you about: The Shakespeare Performance in Asia website. Shakespeare in Asian has been an interest of mine for a decade or so; my favorite film on the subject is A Dream in Hanoi (for which, q.v.). The website lists it—and many, many more Shakespeare-in-Asia-related materials.

In any case, Happy Birthday, Shakespeare! Age still cannot wither you, nor custom stale your infinite variety!

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