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Re: Grigori Kozintsev's Hamlet
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2171  Friday, 14 September 2001

[1]     From:   Sean Lawrence <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 12 Sep 2001 19:18:07 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.2149 Grigori Kozintsev's Hamlet

[2]     From:   Todd Lidh <
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        Date:   Thursday, 13 Sep 2001 14:07:25 -0400
        Subj:   Grigory Kozintsev's Hamlet


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From:           Sean Lawrence <
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Date:           Wednesday, 12 Sep 2001 19:18:07 -0700
Subject: 12.2149 Grigori Kozintsev's Hamlet
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.2149 Grigori Kozintsev's Hamlet

I appreciated Mark Harris's appreciation of the Kozintsev Hamlet, now
unfortunately rather difficult to find, but which I saw at the Pacific
Cinemateque here in Vancouver in August.

It is a really good film, but I wouldn't say that the film "looks
great".  Maybe it was just the copy I saw, or the projectionist, but it
seemed to me that the cameras Kozintsev had access to were unable to
hold a focus.  What impressed me was how good the film was anyway.

The emphasis on the stone exteriors of the castle seemed particularly
good.  I was reading comments on this list at the time of the screening,
by Terence Hawkes I think, to the effect that only violence works in
Elsinore.  The continuous pans across stone faces seem to emphasize the
coldness and hardness of the situation, though perhaps in a more
metaphysical sense.  Shifting from Hamlet to the rock after he dies is
particularly acute.

Cheers,
Se

 

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