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Re: Hamlets
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1075  Saturday, 20 April 2002

[1]     From:   Robin Hamilton <
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        Date:   Thursday, 18 Apr 2002 18:23:09 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.1066 Re: Hamlets

[2]     From:   Karen Peterson <
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        Date:   Friday, 19 Apr 2002 03:38:41 -0700 (PDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.1066 Re: Hamlets


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From:           Robin Hamilton <
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Date:           Thursday, 18 Apr 2002 18:23:09 +0100
Subject: 13.1066 Re: Hamlets
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1066 Re: Hamlets

> From:           Anna Kamaralli <
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> As an Australian, a teacher and a theatre practitioner I am starting to
> get very stroppy about the ongoing assumption that Mel Gibson is some
> kind of cretinous illiterate.  Don't you think we train our actors down
> here?

WTG.  Or, Hear, hear!!!

> What
> do you think young, male actors do while they're studying if not read
> and argue about Hamlet?

In my (limited) experience, they argue about Macbeth.

With regard to _Hamlet_, the questions I've been hit with, by young
actors, tend to focus on how to scan and/or pronounce individual lines.
They're like bulldogs on this.  Naturally enough, as you can fudge how
to speak a line in an academic article, but +not+ if you're on-stage
live in front of an audience.

_Macbeth_ doesn't seem to be so problematic in terms of actually
pronouncing the lines, so the kids focus more on the Stanislavskian
background there.

Robin Hamilton

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From:           Karen Peterson <
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Date:           Friday, 19 Apr 2002 03:38:41 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 13.1066 Re: Hamlets
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1066 Re: Hamlets

Douglas Buchanan wrote, in part:

> but I would definitely prefer to watch
> someone like Branagh,
> who at least has a good idea of what he is saying,
> than Gibson who does
> script analysis by cutting text.

There are many on the list who have done serious study of the various
Hamlets-on-film, including the script adaptations.  I am not one of
them, but I suspect that attributing the text cuts of the Zeffirelli
version to Gibson himself is, if not inaccurate, at least an
oversimplification.  On IMDb (which is not always 100% accurate itself,
I know), the screenplay is credited to Christopher DeVore and
Zeffirelli.  While it is possible, perhaps even likely, that there was
considerable collaboration between the director, screenwriter, and
actors, I don't think we can lay it all on Gibson.

Anyone, of course, with information that it *was* Mel's decision to make
the cuts, please comment!  I know there is at least one list member (and
possibly more) who has interviewed Gibson about the film and his role in
it.  Jump in at any time!

Cheers,
Karen

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