Hamlet (2000): A modern day adaptation of Shakespeare’s immortal story about Hamlet’s plight to avenge his father’s murder in New York City.
Directed by Michael Almereyda
Hamlet is a passion for me and I’ve taught it to a class of senior citizens. I saw Ethan Hawk’s film several years ago and thought it was wonderful. It’s a play that will reach us, set in any times, but, I believe, only in Shakespeare’s language, not in translation.
Watched it at 1am & meant to go to sleep, but how do you watch Hamlet and not think for hours more.
Assuming that you showed it this weekend but could never have
Watched it tonight at 1am and intended to go to sleep but how can one watch Hamlet and go to sleep? You’re left thinking for hours.
Assuming you played it this weekend but had to have scheduled it much earlier, what eerie coldness must have come over your audience when they heard the line right near the end about the emissary “Fortenbras of Norway”! That and the antiseptic environments provided by now-defunct Blockbusters stores reminding me of the milk bar in Kubrick’s Clockwork Orange, a piece I also read in its original form, Burgess’ novel.
What saddened me was the abandonment of the title of Hamlet’s play, The Murder of Gonzago, for the title The Mousetrap much as I felt when I found a banner so emblazoned abandoned under autumn leaves in front of our Educational Center for the Arts, probably from a loosing high school company in a regional competition held here in New Haven. Now, it is in my bedroom. A The Mousetrap banner would be confused with another piece whereas I knew mine was either from Stoppard’s Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead or Hamlet. The names are all the same.