Okay, so this is another throwback (might be that way for the whole week, at this rate), but Paula Abdul’s dance is infectious and the animation for her performance partners, The Wild Pair (originally credited as MC Skat Kat), the video employs a technique similar to Gene Kelly’s Anchors Aweigh and Invitation to the Dance.
It’s one of my favorite music videos from the ’80s, because of the animation and the dancing.
Think you know Hamlet? You’ve never seen it like this.
Cliff Notes for the modern generation? The contemporary connection? Masterpiece Theater.
Tag line? “Classical Literature. Original Gangster.”
Yeah! Thug Notes brings the classics to you with a vernacular spin that could make you seriously dizzy or leave you gasping for air.
Got one more day to go on Shakespeare Week. Putting in a special plug for a whole series (which doesn’t fit the One Day/One Video format of this Blog, but if you haven’t already put it on your Must Watch List, do it.
When I first launched this Blog, I was finding stuff more or less on my own. In the last several months, folks have started sending me material they were sure I’d like. I love that, because it means folks are paying attention and because I don’t get to see everything that’s out there.
The clip below is one such submission. After highlighting Abbott and Costello way back in July, I got a message saying I just had to see this. So, by sharing, I get to pass the love on to you.
I would have picked the Tennis Match scene (because I adore it), but it misses the point of the play, that Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are characters without a play in between their scenes in Hamlet.
That said, in all honesty, I prefer Shakespeare’s comedies to any of his other plays, and of those, I really only have six favorites, in no particular order: Twelfth Night, Taming of the Shrew, All’s Well That Ends Well, Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Tempest.
Picking these to highlight presents a different problem – how to choose WHICH version to include – and I’ve avoided the problem altogether by highlighting the genre instead.
Meanwhile, when you have the chance to watch the whole movie, put Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead on your Must Watch list. Trust me.
Yes! This, folks, is THE RSC (that is, the Reduced Shakespeare Company, an in-joke you get best when you’ve had ANY exposure to the London theatre scene). Not to be confused with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Really.)
I attempted to see this show when I was there in 1992, but by the time I found the darkened corner of the West End, we were halfway through the show and I hate walking in late. Fortunately, they’ve been to the Kennedy Center multiple times, and now I have the (autographed – HAH!) script of the show. Of course, it’s not as zany (or as wet, if you sit near the front of the stage) but I’ll take it anyway.
Another compilation of Shakespeare’s complete catalog, warts and all.
I’d suggest watching this quick, before someone figures it out that the show’s posted on YouTube. And, well, because it’s funny as hell, too.
Leaving Star Trek behind (for now, at least), we move on to…Shakespeare. How’s that for a little whiplash.
See, the trick to accumulating material from YouTube is to allow your mind to drift into a complete free-association blur of reality. With this freedom, you can switch between high concept science fiction (Wagon Train in the Stars) to the foundations of drama.
This piece made the rounds on my Facebook and seems a nice kick-off point for a week’s worth of videos on the subject.
From documentary to humor, animation, live action and mind-bending modern fiction, Shakespeare represents a combination of the classical and the modern. (See, for example, 10 Things I Hate About You.)
The first time I visited England, they were just breaking ground on the Globe. I still haven’t seen the inside of the theatre, but I intend to, someday.