Saturday, March 5, 2011

Much Ado About Shakespeare

"Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more. Men were deceivers ever.
One foot in sea and one on shore, to one thing constant never.
Then sigh not so but let them go and be you blithe and bonny,
converting all your sounds of woe into hey nonny nonny."

I really didn't do very well with posting about Shakespeare today. I've kind of run out of things to post. This has been a very fun week, with much ado about Shakespeare!

So today I want to share a music video and some quotes from Much Ado About Nothing. Kenneth Branagh's 1993 adaptation has been a family favorite in the Michael household for as long as I can remember. There are always two scenes that we fast forward through but the rest we always enjoy and quote often.
There's so many great actors in this film and even a few (like Denzel Washington, Michael Keaton and Keanu Reeves) who wouldn't naturally associate with Shakespeare but they are fabulous in this film.

Music is by the amazing Patrick Doyle. I selected a shorter and happier tune for the video below. This tune doesn't really show off the lovely music very well but is still fun. The soundtrack is a must have for anyone who loves Patrick Doyle's music of this film.

A few of my favorite quotes:

Benedick: I do love nothing in the world so well as you. Is that not strange?


Don Pedro: I shall see thee, ere I die, look pale with love.
Benedick: With anger, with sickness, or with hunger, my lord. Not with love.


Benedick [hearing guitar music]: Is it not strange that sheeps guts should hale souls out of men's bodies?


Beatrice: Against my will, I am sent to bid you come into dinner.
Benedick: Fair Beatrice, thank you for your pains.
Beatrice: I took no more pains for those thanks than you take pains to thank me. If it had been painful, I would not have come.
Benedick: You take pleasure then in the message?
Beatrice: Yea, just so much as you may take upon a knife's point. You have no stomach, signor? Fare you well.
Benedick: Ha. "Against my will I am sent to bid you come into dinner." There's a double meaning in that.


Claudio: Can the world buy such a jewel?
Benedick: Yea, and a case to put it into.


Dogberry: Were I as tedious as a king, I could find it in my heart to bestow it all on Your Worship.
Leonato: All thy tediousness on me?


Beatrice: He that hath a beard is more than a youth, and he that hath no beard is less than a man. And he that is more than a youth is not for me, and he that is less than a man - I am not for him.


Benedick: They say the lady is fair, 'tis a truth, I can bear them witness; and virtuous, 'tis so, I cannot reprove it; and wise, but for loving me - by my troth, it is no addition to her wit, nor no great argument of her folly; for I will be horribly in love with her.


Benedick: I pray thee now tell me, for which of my bad parts didst thou first fall in love with me?
Beatrice: For them all together, which maintained so politic a state of evil that they will not admit any good part to intermingle with them: but for which of my good parts did you first suffer love for me?
Benedick: Suffer love. a good epithet, I do suffer love indeed, for I love thee against my will.
Beatrice: In spite of your heart, I think. Alas poor heart, if you spite it for my sake, I will spite it for yours, for I will never love that which my friend hates
Benedick: Thou and I are too wise to woo peaceably.


I hope you've had a great week enjoying Shakespeare with me! If you haven't entered the giveaway over at The Erratic Muse don't forget to do that before she draws the winners!

I hope you have a beautiful Sunday!

Very Truly Your's,


Noelia said...

Hello! I follow your blog for little while, and I love it. I would recommend ShakespeaRe-Told and the modern version of this title with Damian Lewis ... funny and cool. A greeting from Spain.

Miss Laurie of Old-Fashioned Charm said...

Welcome to my blog Noelia! Thanks so much for your comment!
I have seen a few of the ShakespeaRe-Told versions and enjoyed them. I especially enjoyed The Taming of the Shrew. I haven't seen them in a while though so I didn't feel I knew them well enough to post on them yet. Thanks for the suggestion! :)

~Miss Laurie

Bethany said...

LOVE this movie and the play over all. The music is AMAZING!

Thanks for the post and pictures. ;-)

Unknown said...

I love Much Ado About Nothing and I adore Emma Thompson.Thank you for posting.

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