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Shakespeare in New Film: From Hell
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2428  Wednesday, 24 October 2001

From:           Richard Burt <
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Date:           Tuesday, 23 Oct 2001 16:40:35 -0400
Subject:        Shakespeare in New Film: From Hell

From Hell, the new film about Jack the Ripper, cites Shakespeare a
number of times.

For more on the film, go to http://us.imdb.com/Title?0120681

All citations are made by Sargeant Godley (Robbie Coltrane). The first
is in a graveyard that looks like Highgate Cemetery where Seageant
Godley says to Inspector Abberline (Johnny Depp)

 To die, to sleep;
     To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there's the rub;
     For in that sleep of death what dreams may come
     When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
     Must give us pause

from Hamlet's "To be or not to be" soliloquy.  The second is from Henry
V, "Once more unto the breach."

Godley says "A rose by any other name?" when he sees that the Inspector
has fallen in love with prostitute Mary Kelly (Heather Graham).  After
seeing that Jack the Ripper has written on a wall  "The Juwes [sic] are
the men who will not be blamed for nothing,"  Godley says "Well, it
isn't exactly Shakespeare."

The final reference is Horatio's "Good night, sweet prince" after the
Inspector dies.

I glanced at the graphic novel on which the film is based (same name)
and didn't see any references to Shakespeare in it.

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