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Russian Hamlet
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0262  Monday, 5 February 2001

From:           Stuart Manger <
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Date:           Friday, 2 Feb 2001 22:52:22 +0000
Subject:        Russian Hamlet

> Kevin De Ornellas <
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>A report in tonight's ghastly 'Belfast Telegraph' asserts that because
>'Love's Labour's Lost' was so artistically and financially disastrous,
>Branagh is to stop making Shakespearean films altogether.  Supposedly,
>plans to film 'As You Like It' and 'Macbeth' have been shelved.  Is
>there any truth in this article?  If there is, will subscribers to
>SHAKSPER be upset?  Or will they be relieved?

Frankly relieved.

I have to confess to being possibly the only filmgoer / Shakespeare
teacher in western Europe completely resistant to Branagh, and all his
works. I'm afraid that I find him physically unwatchable. His Hamlet?
Oh, dear. Richard Briers had merit, but the rest? Crikey.

Innokenty Smoktunovsky is still for my money the best Hamlet on film.
BUT -- Does anyone know where I can get the Russian 'Hamlet' on video?

Stuart Manger
 

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