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Re: Branagh's *Hamlet*
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.0270.  Tuesday, 25 February 1997.

[1]     From:   Harvey Wheeler <
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        Date:   Monday, 24 Feb 97 19:49:40 UT
        Subj:   Branagh Request

[2]     From:   David Sauer <
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        Date:   Monday, 24 Feb 1997 18:53:21 -0600 (CST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.0075 Videos: Question and Response


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From:           Harvey Wheeler <
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Date:           Monday, 24 Feb 97 19:49:40 UT
Subject:        Branagh Request

This is about the Branagh Hamlet.

I don't want to impose on others... so, has anybody saved from this list
a representative collection of the (briefer) evaluations they'd be
willing to upload to me privately...?

More general question: Is there a consensus on the pedagogical
properties of the film?

I am wondering specifically about dividing it into eight or so special
segments and using it over an extended period along with the relevant
segments of the text.

Harvey Wheeler

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From:           David Sauer <
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Date:           Monday, 24 Feb 1997 18:53:21 -0600 (CST)
Subject: 8.0075 Videos: Question and Response
Comment: Re:    SHK 8.0075 Videos: Question and Response

I am working on an article on Branagh's Hamlet, and what I am examining
are sequences I call "interpolations." But skimming through the MLA
bibliography, the word is not used as I am using it, and I don't know
what the film/adaptation term is for what I am trying to study. Can
someone supply me with a correct word with which I might search the MLA
or other data base, or examine theories of genre adaptation in order to
deepen my theoretical sense of this area.

The scenes I call interpolations are those which are added to the text
of the play. For example, there was great debate on this LIST over
whether Hamlet had sex with Ophelia. But what interests me is not
whether this occurred, but the term for the seven shots of them together
used in the film. A similar case is the shots of Priam and Hecuba
(Gielgud and Dench) given during the Player King's speech, or the cuts
of Old Hamlet having poison poured in his ear, shown several times. Is
there a term for these interpolations?

I'd appreciate any suggestions of places to look into the theory of such
additions to the text.

David K. Sauer

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