Mario Taboada wrote (relevantly):
Take Hamlet, for example. The other day I watched Olivier's
magnificent 1944 film of this tragedy, and it seemed more
universally appealing than ever. In fact, it seemed more
modern than most Hollywood movies in recognizing the
sexuality of an older woman who is also a mother (this is
practically a taboo in mainstream American media). Also, in
how it withholds an a priori judgment of what the characters
are doing. Very valid, very relevant, but in a completely
different sense from consciously "engaged"literature.
************ I agree, Mario. Relevance doesn't require a
contemporary setting serving up fashionable issues du
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