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Monday, September 15, 2014

GREAT BOOKS IN WINE COUNTRY 2014


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2014 
OR SUNDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2014 
CALISTOGA SPA HOT SPRINGS

William Shakespeare and Orson Welles:  Othello

This is a one-day mini-retreat at Calistoga Spa Hot Springs in Calistoga,CA.  Register for Saturday OR Sunday.  We have limited space available and we expect this event to fill up soon.  Please register as soon as you can.  Calistoga is a lovely small town at the northern end of the Napa Valley at the foot of Mt. St. Helena.  You are on your own for lunch.  There are many excellent restaurants and delis in town, but no fast food, it's against the law.

Othello by William Shakespeare is the play we will discuss in the morning.  After lunch we will view the film version.  This play is available in many editions: print, e-books, or online.  You probably already have a copy at home.

Plan to arrive around 9 am.  We will have breakfast available if you need something to start the day.  We will discuss the story beginning at 10 am for two hours and break for lunch.  In the afternoon we will watch the film and have a short discussion after that.  We will close the day with some cheese and a sip of wine and be finished by 4 to 5 pm.

Love, jealousy, revenge, mistrust, duplicity, racism.  How many themes can we find in Othello?  Shakespeare weaves them all together in the tragedy of the black Moor and his beloved Desdemona.  Othello is my favorite of his plays.

The film,  The Tragedy of Othello:  The Moor of Venice, released in 1952, produced and directed by Orson Welles, stars Welles, Suzanne Cloutier, Michael MacLiammoir (brilliant as Iago), Robert Coote, Hilton Edwards, Nicholas Bruce, Michael Laurence, and Doris Dowling.  Look for cameo appearances by Joseph Cotten and Joan Fontaine.  With beautiful scenery, imaginative edits, angles, and lighting this may be Welles' best film.  It won the Palm d'Or at Cannes in 1952.

For a printable flyer/ registration form with more details CLICK HERE.  Cost $30.00 per person.

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