Now one of the most important things I’ve seen for a while is this Hitchhikers Trailer and

There is an interview with the scriptwriter which makes interesting reading. Everyone knows how much Douglas Adams agonised over his words, and the interview touches on how DA had written the first version of the script. Discussing some of the things removed and that had to be put back by the final scriptwriter.

I can’t wait to see the film, but also to see the versions of the scripts and see what DA thought was not important enough to be in the film.

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Where art thou Romeo

I watched half of Baz Luhrman’s “William Shakespeare’s Rome + Juliet” last night. And although the film was excellently shot and produced, it couldn’t get me past one thing… . What the f##k is he going on about? There are many beautiful lines in and these are amplified by the context of the actors in the film and ’s interpretations, but on the whole I just can’t keep with the plot.

Romeo: Has my heart loved ’till now? Forswear it, sight! For I never saw a true beauty ’till this night

My only love sprung from my only hate!
Too early seen unknown, and known too late!
Prodigious birth of love it is to me,
That I must love a loathed enemy

Juliet: What’s in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet;

Actually, reading Shakespeare is at least easier.

I’ve never really got into Shakespeare, although I like many of the reinterpretations, and ’s is about the best that stay close to the original narrative, I just get lost in the text; I just don’t understand it!

I guess I would have enjoyed the film had it ditched the original text.

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