Posts Tagged ‘Shakespeare’

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Thursday, September 12th, 1996

Shake­speare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is about a royal wedding, lovers lost in an enchanted forest, magic spells, and fairy sprites. But mostly it is about imag­i­na­tion. In the course of the play, as the char­ac­ters move in and out of the world of dreams, certain words repeat over and over again: Fancy. Imag­i­na­tion. Dream. Vision. Trans­ported. Trans­fig­ured. Trans­formed.

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The Fire of Hephaistos

Wednesday, May 1st, 1996

These ancient bronzes, which have long since lost their golden gleam, are still numi­nous frag­ments of a vanished world. One statue of young man was recently pulled out of a river; his pale sea-green body is scratched and scarred; but he is still a lovely appari­tion, reminding me of some lines from Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”:
“Nothing of him that doth fade
But doth suffer a sea change
Into some­thing rich and strange.”

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Emma

Monday, January 1st, 1996

Holly­wood has fallen in love with JANE AUSTEN. Her scripts feature snappy dialogue; her plots follow the classic formula of girl meets boy; girl loses boy; girl gets boy; her story lines move deli­ciously from chaos and confu­sion to harmony and delight. The latest is EMMA, played to perfec­tion by GWYNETH PALTROW in Wedg­wood colors, Empire dresses and pearl-drop earrings.

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Gene Kelly

Tuesday, April 24th, 1990

GENE KELLY was a great dancer because his dancing seemed to be an over­flow of his superb vitality — a natural exten­sion of his person­ality. In all his movies, the tran­si­tions to dance are incred­ibly smooth, because even when he’s not dancing he’s thinking about dancing – his athletic body is flexed and limber– and he’s ready to roll, even on an empty set with 500,000 kilo­watts of elec­tric light mimic­king star­dust and a giant fan creating the sensa­tion of a moon­light breeze.

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