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"James R. Smith" <[log in to unmask]>
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James R. Smith
Wed, 21 Jul 1993 01:41:53 -0400
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>>I just remembered... any film of the Shakespeare plays _Twelfth Night_, _As
>>You Like It_ and _The Two Gentlemen of Verona_ has got to include the roles
>>of Viola crossdressing, Rosalind crossdressing as Ganymede, and Julia
>>crossdressing as Proteus' servant.
>Of course, in Shakespeare's time, all of these women's roles would have
>been played by men, so that the above mentioned instances of women dressing
>as men woud have actually been men dressing as women dressing as men. . .
>There is actually a cinematic instance of THIS: the stoning sequence at the
>start of Monty Python's Life of Brian.  Only men can attend the stoning, only
>women want to attend, so the entire crowd is made up of women in obviously fake
>beards (most of these "women" are in fact Pythons dressed as women).
>-- Ben Alpers
>   Princeton University
As I said, any FILM of these Shakespeare plays would feature women dressing
as men in the case of the above-mentioned roles.  To my knowledge, there
are no FILMS of these plays that feature boys in the roles of women playing
men.  In the Olivier "As You Like It" (1936), Elizabeth Schwarzkopf plays
Rosalind, who disguises herself as Ganymede.  The BBC has videoed all these
Whattaya say, guys?  It's about time we got down to filming these plays the
way they were originally intended to be done!  Any takers?
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