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Re: Branagh's *The Bleak Midwinter* and "Discovering
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 0951.  Saturday, 9 December 1995.
 
(1)     From:   Nick Clary <
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        Date:   Thursday, 07 Dec 1995 10:09:44 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Branagh's pre-HAMLET project
 
(2)     From:   Kate Mazzetti <
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        Date:   Thursday, 07 Dec 95 10:46:00 PST
        Subj:   RE: SHK 6.0949  Re: Branagh
 
(3)     From:   Kirk Hendershott-Kraetzer <
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        Date:   Friday, 8 Dec 1995 20:03:33 -0500
        Subj:   Re:  Branagh Hamlet
 
 
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Date:           Thursday, 07 Dec 1995 10:09:44 -0400 (EDT)
Subject:        Branagh's pre-HAMLET project
 
I have learned from a friend in England that Branagh is not only set to start
filming his *Hamlet* in January, but has also just completed a little film
entitled *The Bleak Midwinter*.  Although neither my friend has not yet seen
it, advance word indicates that it might be a nifty introduction to the
*Hamlet* that will follow.  According to a London *Sunday Times* columnist Iain
Johnstone (19 November 1995), it's "a backstage story of Joe Harper (a Ken
Branagh kind of guy played by Michael Maloney), a struggling actor who decides
to round up some chums and put on a production of Hamlet in a village church.
After innumerable troubles, which come not single spies, but in battalions, the
performance looks about to happen when the call comes from Hollywood offering
Joe a big part in a mindless movie."  Branagh says, "Many characters were based
on people I knew and who ended up being in it in some instances.  The Richard
Briers character (who plays Claudius, the Ghost and the Player King) is based
on Richard Briers.  He's obsessed with Henry Irving and he's a wonderful
whinger...."
 
According to Johnstone, *The Bleak Midwinter* is "a very accomplished comedy:
witty and waspish, rich in insight into the actorial condition."  Branagh
considers it "a wee film" compared to his *Hamlet* project.  If anyone on the
list has seen it, I am sure we would love to hear more about it.
 
Nick Clary
 
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Date:           Thursday, 07 Dec 95 10:46:00 PST
Subject: 6.0949  Re: Branagh
Comment:        RE: SHK 6.0949  Re: Branagh
 
The documentary shown at the Smithsonian recently was of Branagh's Renaissance
Theatre Company's stage production of *Hamlet* directed by Derek Jacobi in the
80's. The title is "Discovering Hamlet", and it is available on videotape. It
is very good, and I recommend it to anyone who can find it.
 
 
Kate Mazzetti

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Date:           Friday, 8 Dec 1995 20:03:33 -0500
Subject:        Re:  Branagh Hamlet
 
If I understand my sources rightly, there are two Branagh-generated films of
*Hamlet*, and this might be causing some of the confusion over what he's done
and when he did it.  One, which has already shown at Toronto and Venice, is
called *In the Bleak Midwinter*, is shot in grainy black and white, and has
been generally well-received; the one he's working on now -- no info on whether
he's shooting or in rehearsal or what -- is in color, with the big-budget cast
which we've already read about here.
 
Kirk Hendershott-Kraetzer

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