The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.2052 Thursday, 10 October 2002
Date: Wednesday, 09 Oct 2002 12:33:04 -0700
Subject: 13.2045 Zeffirelli & Almareyda HAMLETS
Comment: Re: SHK 13.2045 Zeffirelli & Almareyda HAMLETS
It's been 9 or 10 years since I've seen the Gibson Hamlet, but my
lasting impression was of a very vigorous Hamlet, a pouty Ophelia, the
only young Gertrude ever--and as Debra said, a gutted text that was
confusing to someone who practically knows the whole play by heart. But
if you have cable, you get another crack at it without a trip to
Blockbuster: the Hallmark Channel, at least in this area, is running the
film a few times beginning at 9 p.m. Thursday October 10.
Last spring they ran the Zeffirelli Romeo and Juliet, which was a treat.
I had an extraordinary experience watching it with my landlord, an
elderly Italian gentleman who had some disparaging things to say about
Shakespeare's language. I had a phone call toward the end, and when I
returned he informed me, "Julia, she take-a da poise, but she no really
dead." He told me at some length about an Italian film of the story if
not the play, made sometime early postwar. I can anything like it, and
wonder if any of you know of such a film.
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