Saturday, April 23, 2005

A Day of Celebration

I had completely forgotten that today is recognized as William Shakespeare's birthday. So I DO have some movie recommendations for you: Laurence Olivier in 'Richard III,' the 1968 version of 'Romeo and Juliet' and NOT the DiCaprio/Danes version (a good concept, but it ended up being more flash and less substance), Kenneth Branagh in 'Hamlet,' Kevin Kline and Co. in 'A Midsummer Night's Dream,' Lawrence Fishburne in 'Othello,' and Kenneth Branagh again in 'Much Ado About Nothing' (and do your best to ignore Keanu Reeves).

In addition, I share my favorite sonnet, number 112:

Your love and pity doth th' impression fill
Which vulgar scandal stamp'd upon my brow
For what care I who calls me well or ill,
So you o'er-green my bad, my good allow?
You are my all the world, and I must strive
To know my shames and praises from your tongue;
None else to me, nor I to none alive,
That my steel'd sense or changes right or wrong.
In so profound abysm I throw all care
Of others' voices, that my adder's sense
To critic and to flatterer stopped are.
Mark how with my neglect I do dispense;
You are so strongly in my purpose bred
That all the world besides, methinks, [are] dead.

Happy birthday, Bard.