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Re: Branagh
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.1183  Friday, 20 November 1998.

[1]     From:   John Amos <
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        Date:   Thursday, 19 Nov 1998 23:57:12 +0000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.1177  Re: Branagh

[2]     From:   Hugh Grady <
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        Date:   Thursday, 19 Nov 1998 21:59:09 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.1177  Re: Branagh


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From:           John Amos <
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Date:           Thursday, 19 Nov 1998 23:57:12 +0000
Subject: 9.1177  Re: Branagh
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.1177  Re: Branagh

I completely agree with Ed Pixley's reading of Branagh's presentation
of  "How all occasions do inform against me..."  I too thought the scene
was a bit much at first, but the more times I've seen it, the more I've
come to think that Branagh's making a particular thematic point-that
he's not just showboating.  My wife has always claimed that Hamlet's
problem throughout the play is that he just doesn't understand how
insignificant he is (all of us are?).  He needs to accept Claudius'
advice at the beginning of the play, cruel as it sounds.  Fathers really
do die.  Death really is "the common theme" of all nature.  Why should
things be different for Hamlet.  Branagh's staging of the soliloquy just
before the intermission-with the camera beginning up close and gradually
backing up, causing Hamlet eventually to disappear into Fortinbras'
army-suggests that this is the speech in which he finally does decide to
do his duty, where he really does decide that he's just another man
living in a tragic world.

The idea that the scene is just there to hang the intermission on
doesn't make sense to me.  I remember sitting in the theater, knowing
there would be an intermission, and being surprised that it came so late
in the production...well past the half way point.  It was obvious to me
at the time that the director had chosen that speech to be the climactic
point in the play.

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From:           Hugh Grady <
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Date:           Thursday, 19 Nov 1998 21:59:09 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 9.1177  Re: Branagh
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.1177  Re: Branagh

Am I the only one who thought Branagh stole the panning shot of Hamlet
just before the intermission from Scarlett O'Hara's "I'll never be
hungry again" soliloquy.

Obviously I'm doing anything to keep from grading papers.

Best,
Hugh Grady

Date:         Wed, 25 Nov 1998 13:24:26 -0200
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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.1185  Wednesday, 25 November 1998.

From:           Hardy M. Cook <
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Date:           Wednesday, November 25, 1998
Subject:        Interruption in Service

Dear SHAKSPEReans,

Unix is unforgiving.  On Friday afternoon, I accidentally an operating
system file and essentially rendered my Sun workstation inoperable.

Because of bureaucratic hurdles that I need not go into, I was not able
to get the technical support to revive my Sun until a few minutes ago.

I will begin after my 2:00 Shakespeare class to catch up.

Let me point out, however, that some of the messages you have sent have
probably been queued for up to five days because my server could not be
found.  Other messages have probably been lost.  Watch carefully the
next few days and if a message you sent does not appear please resent
it.

Back in business,
Hardy
 

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