Friday, October 04, 2013
You Know You're A Geek When...
“One has, of course, only to watch the wooing scene of THE TAMING OF THE SHREW and Helena’s first soliloquy in ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL to recognize the similarities-the Vermeer look of activity in an inner chamber seen through the door, the softly diffused window light, the mirror over the spinet used for reflection shots, even the same spinet, cloned fromca Vermeer painting. Yet the differences Yet the elements that give these scenes an aesthetic elegance Moshinsky takes even farther, and ALL’S WELL has the technical exuberance of one exploring a new medium. Any number of effects that become characteristic of Moshinsky’s Shakespeare productions appear in that first show.
“Moshinsky had never worked with television prior to the Shakespeare series, so the series became his training ground. With his many credits in opera and theatre, he obviously had the directorial skills and necessary production experience, and to help him adapt those skills to television (Jonathan) Miller gave him an open invitationto the rehersals and tapings for the four shows that preceded ALL’S WELL in 1980.”