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Cartmell's Views
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2092  Monday, 2 September 2001

From:           Mike Jensen <
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Date:           Saturday, 01 Sep 2001 16:39:33 -0700
Subject:        Cartmell's Views

In the book *Interpreting Shakespeare on Screen* by Deborah Cartmell
(New York: St. Martin's Press, 2000), the author makes a number of
surprising statements.  Here are three about Branagh's *H5.*

1) This is a description of Henry in disguise.  "For an 1980s audience,
the inhuman, black-masked figure inevitably recalls Darth Vader in *Star
Wars*." (p.102)

Did you think of Darth Vader when you saw this scene?

2) Cartmell writes that the dark side of Henry "is undoubtedly the
product of the influence of new historicist and cultural materialist
revisionist readings in the mid-1980s." (p.102)

Do you agree that Branagh is "undoubtedly" familiar with these ideas?
Can Henry in 1989 be dark without being this flavor of dark?

3) "Branagh's film is more a product of right-wing ideology than is
Olivier's." (p.107)

Do you agree?

Thanks in advance for your responses.

All the best,
Mike Jensen

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