The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0262 Monday, 5 February 2001
Date: Friday, 2 Feb 2001 22:52:22 +0000
Subject: Russian Hamlet
>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?
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?