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Re: Grigori Kozintsev's Hamlet
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2263  Monday, 1 October 2001

[1]     From:   R. Schmeeckle <
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        Date:   Friday, 28 Sep 2001 16:54:41 -0700 (PDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.2195 Re: Grigori Kozintsev's Hamlet

[2]     From:   Andrew W. White <
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        Date:   Friday, 28 Sep 2001 21:42:48 -0400
        Subj:   Grigori Kozintsev's Hamlet


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From:           R. Schmeeckle <
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Date:           Friday, 28 Sep 2001 16:54:41 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 12.2195 Re: Grigori Kozintsev's Hamlet
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.2195 Re: Grigori Kozintsev's Hamlet

> Was no one bothered by the extensive cuts in the last scene?

I grant that the film is by far the best "film" that has been produced
from the play.  Some of the cuts, however, seriously weaken it as an
authentic representation of Shakespeare's intentions.

Two that I noticed: (1) the warning that the ghost might not be what it
appeared to be, i.e. the ghost of Hamlet's father; (2) "There's a
divinity that shapes our ends, rough hew them as we will."

The first example avoids the problematical character that Shakespeare
introduces into the ghost sequence.  If the ghost may be a diabolical
temptation to perpetrate revenge, it makes a big difference in how we
interpret Hamlet's subsequent (in)actions.

The second example, IMHO, is crucial to understanding the play.  It
directs attention to the contrast between the active Hamlet, seeking
revenge during the first part of the play who only screws up, and the
passive Hamlet, resigned to circumstances, who ironically achieves the
result he first intended.

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From:           Andrew W. White <
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Date:           Friday, 28 Sep 2001 21:42:48 -0400
Subject:        Grigori Kozintsev's Hamlet

Werner Br

 

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