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The World On Stage

By Corrie Glanville FILMS Moby Dick (1956)  Although there are numerous film adaptations including a recent television mini-series with William Hurt and Ethan Hawke, John Huston’s 1956 Moby Dick might arguably be considered the definitive version. With a screenplay by Huston and sci-fi writer Ray Bradbury, the film starred Richard Basehart as Ishmael and beloved Hollywood star Gregory Peck as the tortured Captain Ahab. The story may have been streamlined from Melville’s giant, rambling novel, but…

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by Corrie Glanville FILMS A Doll’s House (1972) While this version may look a bit dated since it is essentially a filmed play, it is worth watching for the extraordinary performances of its celebrated British cast. With  a deft adaptation by Christopher Hampton that remains faithful to the original text, the film conveys the sense of confinement and suffocation Nora experiences, which eventually pushes her to break with all she has known. Sir Ralph Richardson plays…

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by Corrie Glanville   FILMS With the Civilians’ You Better Sit Down on our Paramount Mainstage, please join us for these diverse cinematic depictions of divorce in the Bright Family Screening Room: Divorzio All’Italiana(1961) Starring Marcello Mastroianni in a hilarious turn as a married Sicilian baron who falls for his beautiful cousin and vows to wed her, but with divorce being illegal he must concoct a crime of passion to do away with his rather…

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A patron recently brought to our attention a story printed in Jacob R. Marcus’ The Jew in the Medieval World that illuminates one of Shakespeare’s possible sources for The Merchant of Venice. Marcus reprints a section from the 1693 edition of Gregorio Leti’s Vita di Sisto V (“Life of Sixtus V,” 1585-1590) that describes a Christian Merchant making a wager with his Jewish creditor—the stakes are a pound of flesh from the Jew’s body, not…

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