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Brando, Depp, Hamlet
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0685  Friday, 21 July 2006

[1] 	From: 	Paul E. Doniger <
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	Date: 	Thursday, 20 Jul 2006 11:27:45 -0700 (PDT)
	Subj: 	Re: SHK 17.0680 Brando, Depp, Hamlet

[2] 	From: 	Connie Geller <
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	Date: 	Friday, 21 Jul 2006 03:04:32 +0800
	Subj: 	Re: SHK 17.0680 Brando, Depp, Hamlet


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From: 		Paul E. Doniger <
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Date: 		Thursday, 20 Jul 2006 11:27:45 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 17.0680 Brando, Depp, Hamlet
Comment: 	Re: SHK 17.0680 Brando, Depp, Hamlet

At the risk of upsetting someone (an easy task, I'm sure), I would add 
Branagh's so-called "uncut" Hamlet to the bad list.  His casting and 
directorial choices, which often seem arbitrary, are weak. His ability 
with verse is singularly overrated (and is perhaps even weaker here than 
in his Much Ado). As much as I dislike the Zefferelli Hamlet (Gibson's), 
at least it is shorter and has a few better casting choices.

I, too, have had similar thoughts to John Crowley about the 1930s MSN 
film. I suspect its verbal success (and the success of the humor) has 
something to do with the notion of craft in directing; having Max 
Reinhardt and William Dieterle in charge could have been the very thing! 
They ere surely less self-conscious about being "artists" than either 
Zefferelli or Branagh.

Just my two pence worth.

Paul E. Doniger

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From: 		Connie Geller <
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Date: 		Friday, 21 Jul 2006 03:04:32 +0800
Subject: 17.0680 Brando, Depp, Hamlet
Comment: 	Re: SHK 17.0680 Brando, Depp, Hamlet

I disagree only about Mel Gibson. The energy and nuttiness of his Hamlet 
was great fun and a memorable performance.

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