Skip to main content

Friday the Thirteenth and Shakespeare's Ides of March

Image from Blog d'Ellison.
Like other paraskevidekatriaphobes, Churchy LaFemme, the turtle in Walt Kelly's Pogo, feared Friday the 13th. Though Shakespeare never portrayed that phobia, he did provide a vivid rendering of the reason why March the 15th is also considered unlucky.

To commemorate this year's Ides of March, here's a still from Joseph L. Mankiewicz's 1953 film of Julius Caesar.

Richard Hale's Soothsayer, brought forward by John Gielgud's
Cassius, warns Louis Calhern's Julius Caesar to beware
the Ides of March.
Image from Living in Cinema.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Accurate List of Hamlet's Soliloquies

Though Hamlet's "To be or not to be" speech is his fourth soliloquy, many websites call it his third. They're skipping the twenty-line speech that follows his interview with the Ghost, which in my view is a particularly bad mistake since Hamlet's monomaniacal vow there is at the heart of his tragedy. The internet's cosmic sinkhole of misinformation will never be filled, but it's worth throwing some dirt in when we can, so here's an accurate list of Hamlet's soliloquies, with a short description of where they occur and what they say, along with a few observations.

"To Be or Not to Be" Smackdown

Who does it best?  Branagh: Gibson: Hawke: Olivier: For a smackdown between actors performing Romeo and Juliet's balcony scene, click here .

Balcony Scene Smackdown

Who does it best? Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey in Franco Zefirelli's 1968 film: Leslie Howard and Norma Shearer in George Cukor's 1936 version: Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev in a 1966 performance of the balcony scene from Sergei Prokofiev's ballet (1935-36): (Alas, Fox has blocked Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes's performance from Baz Luhrmann's 1996 film.) For a smackdown between actors speaking Hamlet's "To be or not to be" soliloquy, click here .