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Re: Hamlets
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1061  Wednesday, 17 April 2002

From:           Charles Weinstein <
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Date:           Tuesday, 16 Apr 2002 20:20:21 -0400
Subject:        Keep Looking

Which Hamlet is worse, Gibson's or Branagh's?  It's a poser, since
they're both so awful.  Gibson is a plangent lunkhead; Branagh is a
ranting twerp.  Gibson is flatfooted and graceless; Branagh has no
voice.  There is nothing going on behind Mel's beautiful blue eyes;
there is nothing but calculating vanity behind Ken's.  Hulking stupidity
on the one hand, narcissism and billingsgate on the other:  how can one
possibly choose?  In the final analysis, though, I'd have to give the
Arsecar to Branagh.  He includes more text, and therefore sucks at
greater length.

--Charles Weinstein

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