The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0691 Monday, 24 July 2006
From: John Crowley <
Date: Saturday, 22 Jul 2006 08:07:19 -0400
Subject: Brando, Depp etc
[Editor's Note: I am ending this thread. I welcome a focused discussions
related to topics on Shakespeare and film but this thread is just all
over the place.]
>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.
You're not upsetting me. I found it nearly unwatchable. Not only for
the weird casting, like the David Niven "Around the World in 80 Days" or
a funny dream-every time a new character appeared it was somebody you
knew, and the wrong somebody-but Branagh was entirely
unconvincing-strenuously trying to convince me he had an interior life
when he was merely acting. It was said (by Kenneth Tynan I think) that
Olivier's Hamlet failed because Olivier came most alive in action, and
couldn't play a character whose life was interior and lived in thought.
But Olivier had the chops to make you think you were watching or
experiencing an inner life; Branagh (similar in being at his best in
conflict and repartee and wit) couldn't do that.
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