Monday, February 22, 2010

Shakespeare’s The Tempest (1980 TV) - Act 2, scene 2 video

Shakespeare's The Tempest (1980 TV) - Act 2, scene 2 Andrew Sachs escaped Nazi Germany with his family when very young, and English is his second language. He most famously appeared as the hapless Spanish waiter Manuel in “Fawlty Towers”. He has remained very active in the business, with numerous acting roles and voice work. as part of the “Fawlty Towers” Shakespeare trilogy, go here to see Prunella Scales as Mistress Page in “The Merry Wives of Windsor”: and here to see John Cleese as Petruchio in “The Taming of the Shrew”: Warren Clarke … Caliban Andrew Sachs … Trinculo Nigel Hawthorne … Stephano Directed by John Gorrie On the character of Caliban, by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, from a lecture on Shakespeare, 1811: The character of Caliban is wonderfully conceived: he is a sort of creature of the earth, partaking of the qualities of the brute, and distinguished from them in two ways: 1. By having mere understanding without moral reason; 2. By not having the instincts which belong to mere animals.- Still Caliban is a noble being: a man in the sense of the imagination, all the images he utters are drawn from nature, and are all highly poetical; they fit in with the images of Ariel: Caliban gives you images from the Earth- Ariel images from the air. Caliban talks of the difficulty of finding fresh water, the situation of Morasses, and other circumstances which the brute instinct not possessing reason could comprehend. No mean image is brought forward, and no mean passion, but animal passions, and the sense of repugnance at being commanded.