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Just saw what is very near to the final cut for the full-length trailer (something like draft 13) for The Drowning Girl. I'm sort of dumbstruck that we actually did this thing, all of us who were there acting and filming and photographing and directing and running errands, and all of those who kindly donated to the Kickstarter project and made it possible. Wow. I hope it will debut on my website (and elsewhere) on March 6th.

Spooky and I watched Julie Taymor's The Tempest. A pox on the critics who panned this film! It's truly one of the most beautiful film versions I have ever scene of a Shakespearian play. Helen Mirren is a miracle to behold as Prospera, truly, truly, truly. And I have never seen a better Ariel than Ben Whishaw's. Never. Then again, never have I seen cosmicism in Shakespeare! But here it is. The music, the songs, are handled with great care and skill, and Beth Gibbons' closing vocals over the end credits were...I feel I'm doing the film a disservice by heaping all this hyperbole upon it. Okay. How's this. Djimon Hounsou's Caliban is, in fact, excellently played, but...I have the same reservations I have with almost all Calibans: he simply was not monstrous enough. All my life, I've wanted to play Prospero or Caliban. Now, I'm imagining Sycorax's daughter. There could be a whole new play in a forgotten daughter, could there not? Or a novel? sovay? nineweaving?

And now, back to Bag End, as Gandalf tells Frodo the truth about the Ring...


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Feb. 29th, 2012 06:58 am (UTC)
I'm envisioning a chapter for Sycorax in The Girlhood of Shakespeare's Heroines.

Feb. 29th, 2012 08:31 am (UTC)
Now, I'm imagining Sycorax's daughter. There could be a whole new play in a forgotten daughter, could there not?


Mar. 1st, 2012 06:08 pm (UTC)
I'd read that. Perhaps a collaboration?
Feb. 29th, 2012 03:00 pm (UTC)
we actually did this thing

Very much looking forward to seeing the final cut. Any chance it'll be downloadable or, dare I ask, put on DVD for us to buy and watch again and again?
Steven Barritz
Feb. 29th, 2012 04:07 pm (UTC)
Thank you for writing that review of the Tempest! About Caliban not being monstrous enough, it reminds me of how the Phantom of the Opera became less monstrous over the years; compare him in the original silent film to the movie version of the musical.
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