Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 7, No. 0399. Thursday, 30 May 1996.
Date: Wednesday, 29 May 1996 14:07:27 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Branagh's *Midwinter's Tale*
Months ago, interest was expressed in Kenneth Branagh's little film entitled
*The Bleak Midwinter*. Well, Vermont has just begun showing it under the
American title *Midwinter's Tale*. My wife and I saw it last evening at the
local movie house. There were but four of us in the theatre. Nonetheless we
were an enthusiastic and responsive audience. Written by Branagh, this is an
intelligent script--frequently funny, often poingnant, and fully entertaining.
The characters are well drawn and played, the story is engaging, and *Hamlet*
is cared for. I have no idea how many attended the other films in this cinema
multiplex, but we few, we happy few will not soon forget Branagh's *Midwinter's
Tale*. When the credits rolled for this low-budget, black-and-white import I
was on my feet applauding. I recommend the film heartily. I will be eager to
see whether Branagh's own *Hamlet* will move audiences the way the *Hamlet* in
his little film moves its audience.
Perhaps not everyone enjoyed it as we did or found it so wonderful. I
encourage other SHAKSPER readers to share their reactions, responses and
readings with us.