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Re: Branagh Hamlet
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0161  Tuesday, 25 January 2000.

[1]     From:   Jerry Bangham <
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        Date:   Monday, 24 Jan 2000 09:45:09 -0600
        Subj:   RE: SHK 11.0153 Q: Branagh Hamlet

[2]     From:   Sean Lawrence <
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        Date:   Monday, 24 Jan 2000 08:08:40 -0800
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From:           Jerry Bangham <
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Date:           Monday, 24 Jan 2000 09:45:09 -0600
Subject: 11.0153 Q: Branagh Hamlet
Comment:        RE: SHK 11.0153 Q: Branagh Hamlet

<I have been following this thread with interest and have a question.
<As I understand it, the Kenneth Branagh film version of Hamlet is
<unique in that it is the first filming that didn't cut any of the text.

If I may go off on a "Shakespeare in popular culture" tangent,
Shakespeare appears in the latest Blackadder installment on view in the
Millennium Dome (not wonderful, but less of a letdown than most of the
other stuff on view there).

Blackadder, traveling in time, meets Shakespeare and knocks him down "on
behalf of generations of schoolboys." He then gives him an added kick
for "all those uncut Branagh films."

He gets his autograph and leaves him with his ballpoint. He then returns
to the present to find that Shakespeare is only known as the inventor of
a writing instrument. He must then return and sort out history.

Personally, I greatly enjoy the various ways that Shakespeare manages to
pop up in popular culture. I can register that there are pornographic
versions without any desire to rush out and buy them

Jerry Bangham

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From:           Sean Lawrence <
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Date:           Monday, 24 Jan 2000 08:08:40 -0800
Subject: 11.0153 Q: Branagh Hamlet
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.0153 Q: Branagh Hamlet

Branagh used a conflated text.  His photo appears on the paperback of
the Oxford edition, but he didn't follow this slavishly, since it
excludes the "How all occasions do inform against me" soliloquy, which
Branagh puts in.

Cheers,
Se

 

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