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Re: Branagh's Textual Choices
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1127  Tuesday, 15 May 2001

[1]     From:   Mike Jensen <
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        Date:   Monday, 14 May 2001 09:14:58 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.1113 Branagh's Textual Choices

[2]     From:   Drew Whitehead <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 15 May 2001 09:45:25 +1000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.1113 Branagh's Textual Choices

[3]     From:   Larry Weiss <
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        Date:   Monday, 14 May 2001 20:00:12 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.1113 Branagh's Textual Choices

[4]     From:   P. D. Holland <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 15 May 2001 12:08:08 +0100
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From:           Mike Jensen <
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Date:           Monday, 14 May 2001 09:14:58 -0700
Subject: 12.1113 Branagh's Textual Choices
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1113 Branagh's Textual Choices

Toby,

Russell may have already told you about this, but just in case...

Peter Holland has a very interesting chapter on the editing of Branagh's
*Hamlet* in *Shakespeare Performed: Essays in Honor of R. A. Foakes.*
The editor is Grace Ioppolo, Delaware, 2000.  Professor Holland takes
film criticism to a place I have not seen it go before.  It is a
fascinating article.  In part he looks at words Branagh ADDED to the
text, and what that means.

Please say Hello to Russell for me.  We haven't been in touch for a
while.

All the best,
Mike Jensen

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From:           Drew Whitehead <
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Date:           Tuesday, 15 May 2001 09:45:25 +1000
Subject: 12.1113 Branagh's Textual Choices
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1113 Branagh's Textual Choices

Dear Toby,

This will not help you find that book you are after but have you
considered comparing the "full text" (whatever that means) Branagh film
to the "full text" audio Hamlet that he directed and lead in 1993?  I
recently wrote a paper that among other things compared his textual
choices in the opening of 4.5 in both versions.  As Urkowitz notes in
"Five Women" there are two completely different Gertrudes in these
scenes and Branagh uses both each version.  The interesting question is
why?  The audio Hamlet (Judy Dench) is powerful and politically astute,
by contrast the film Gertrude (Christie) is weak and easily malleable.
The film Gertrude (I think) suits her Denmark, a glittering exterior but
no substance, while audio Gertrude comes from a Denmark that is much
darker.

Drew Whitehead.

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From:           Larry Weiss <
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Date:           Monday, 14 May 2001 20:00:12 -0400
Subject: 12.1113 Branagh's Textual Choices
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1113 Branagh's Textual Choices

The complete screenplay of Branagh's Hamlet is reprinted in a book
entitled "Hamlet" published under Branagh's name and copyright by W.W.
Norton & Co.  in 1996.  On p.174 of the trade paperback he says that the
basic text is F1 with additions from Q2.

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From:           P. D. Holland <
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Date:           Tuesday, 15 May 2001 12:08:08 +0100
Subject: 12.1113 Branagh's Textual Choices
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1113 Branagh's Textual Choices

My apologies for the immodesty of mentioning an article I wrote but my
essay 'Film Editing' in Shakespeare Performed: Essays in Honor of
R.A.Foakes ed.  Grace Ioppolo (University of Delaware Press, 2000),
pp.273-98 discusses Branagh's text at some length, though not quite in
the terms that the posting asks about.
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