Monday, June 27, 2005

Much Ado...

Sitting here watching Much Ado About Nothing (the Kenneth Branagh version) with Emphatic Girl, who is full of questions. Why is the Prince African-American? What kind of name is Hero? Why is Don John so upset that he's a bastard? Why would someone want to be a prince? What do you do with power if you don't want to make the world a better place (EG wants to be president so she can make the world a better place, and scorns anyone who wants power just to have power)? Why are all those people naked at the beginning? As she observed, "I'd hate it if my butt was on TV."

3 Comments:

Anonymous L.N. Hammer said...

The Prince is black because half the Italian ruling class is black, especially in the southern half of the country. Comes from being invaded so much by Barbary pirates. Yeah, that's the ticket.

---L.

7:32 AM  
Blogger Madeleine Robins said...

I suggested that, as the prince is from Aragon, he might be a moor. This led to an interesting discussion of moors, in and out of Shakespeare. "But why isn't Don John African-American too?" "They're half-brothers, so maybe his mother was white." "So he's a half-moor?"

8:38 AM  
Blogger Janni said...

EG wants to be president so she can make the world a better place, and scorns anyone who wants power just to have power

As well she should. Go, her.

2:10 PM  

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