• Ethan Hawke Audience Hamlet Version
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    Modern day directors use a variety of methods to hold ones interest. Ethan Hawke and Kenneth Branagh's created versions of Hamlet that shared some similarities, but ultimately had many differences in respects to an audience's appeal. An appealing movie is one that has an alluring ambiance and an intellectual stimulus. With these two movie versions, a setting and a mood forced an audience to acquire specific emotions, but Ethan Hawke's version generated emotions more strongly and effectively. Als...
  • Mary Shelleys Frankenstein Com
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    In Kenneth Branagh film Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, the director, Kenneth Branagh sticks to the major themes of the original book with minute changes. There are many similarities and differences between the book and Kenneth Branagh's adaptation of the book. I believe Mary Shelley wanted readers to catch the themes of child abandonment, presented in Victor abandoning his creature. She also wanted readers to have compassion and sympathy for the abandoned creature that Victor created out of dead b...
  • Mother And Uncle Hamlet Gibson Branagh
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    The Two Sides of Hamlet In Franco Zeffirelli's 1990 and Kenneth Branagh's 1996 film versions of Shakespeare's Hamlet, Mel Gibson and Kenneth Branagh, respectively, portray the title character very differently. Gibson emphasizes the Oedipeidal complexity of Hamlet's character, thereby injecting a childlike manner into his acting. Branagh ignores that aspect, opting to stress the revenge element. This approach makes Hamlet more of a very angry man rather than a petulant boy. These two contrasting ...
  • Olivier And Branagh's Henry V
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    Olivier and Branagh s Henry V Henry V is one of the most frequently filmed history plays written by Shakespeare. Of the four filmed versions of Henry V, the two most popular are the 1944 Laurence Olivier version and the 1989 Kenneth Branagh version. While Olivier s version was released in England in 1945, it was not released in the United States until 1952. There are numerous differences between these two versions. Three of the most noticeable differences are the way the two directors treated t...
  • Zeffirelli S Hamlet Branagh Audience Interpretation
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    Comparative Essay: Shaping Hamlet on the Silver Screen Two popular film renditions of Shakespeare s great tragedy Hamlet present us with two very different interpretations of the title role. In the first act of each we come to know Franco Zeffirelli s Hamlet, played by Mel Gibson, as authentic, believable, never exaggerated and not altogether puzzling; in stark contrast, Kenneth Branagh directs and plays a Hamlet who is fantastic, larger than life, intensely tortured, and enigmatic. Arguably Zef...
  • Gibson V Branagh Hamlet Castle Movie
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    Mel Gibson's 'Hamlet' is a more straightforward, highly edited version of the original text in comparison to Kenneth Branagh's extravagant version of the same tale. The setting chosen for Branagh's and Gibson's castle are very different. The bright and dark castle settings symbolically reinforce the specific themes each director emphasizes. For example, the gloomy Gibson feels perfectly at home in his dark mansion, an ideal place for a grieving soul to maintain its regretful origin. On the other...
  • Twelfth Night Film Nunn Branagh
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    6. "Film versions of Shakespeare comedies can lie anywhere on a spectrum between an exploration of serious issues and simple comedy of a farcical or uncomplicated nature." Discuss with reference to two films. Shakespearean plays are complex, intricate pieces of work in which a diverse range of interpretations and readings can be made. This is particularly true of his comedies, where the light-hearted humour is often offset by darker, more serious undertones. In adapting these comedies it is for ...
  • Henry V Laurence Olivier
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    email: title: Henry VA COMPARISON OF OLIVIER S AND BRANAGH S FILM ADAPTATION OF HENRY V The purpose of this paper is to compare and contrast two film adaptations of William Shakespeare s Henry V. Laurence Olivier s revision was filmed in 1944. This was his first endeavor at film directing and Henry V won him an Academy award for distinguished accomplishment as an actor, a producer, and a director. Olivier s aim was to produce an entertaining nationalist film for propaganda purposes. Kenneth Bran...
  • Frankenstein Mary Shelley
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    Mary Shelleys Frankenstein directed by Kenneth Branagh The modern motion picture Mary Shelleys Frankenstein, directed by Kenneth Branagh was mostly faithful to the books original story written by Mary Shelley in 1816. While Branagh attempted to stay close to Shelleys storyline a few scenes were changed to add more drama to the cinematography. The general plot of the story did remain true to the book. Determined to find a way to defeat death, Victor Frankenstein decides to pursue the experiments ...
  • Much Ado Nothing Movie Review
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    "MUCH ADO NOTHING" MOVIE REVIEW Ado The film that I saw in class was called "Much About Nothing " was a famous play written by Shakespeare and later became a film in (1993) directed by Kenneth Branagh. The main character in the play and the actors and actresses who portray them are Beatrice (Emma Thompson), Don Pedro (Denzel Washington), Don John (Keanu Reeves), Dogberry (Michael Keaton), Benedick (Kenneth Branagh), Hero (Kate Beckinsale) and Claudio (Robert Leonard). The film is about a young l...
  • War Branagh Battle Film
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    The film uses various techniques to present a particular view of the war against France. What is that interpretation and how does the film convey it Although the Branagh version of Shakespeare's Henry V remains very close to the text, with only a few lines left out of the film, the movie portrays a very clear and distinct message about war and Branagh's opinion on the matter. Henry V is fundamentally a play about war, and it would have been very easy for Branagh to make his version of the play i...
  • Henry V King Henry's Darker Side
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    Benjamin W. Cheng Princeton University '00 HENRY V - KING HENRY'S DARKER SIDE The original text of William Shakespeare's Henry V seems to portray King Henry as a character too ideal to be realistic. Indeed, the chorus describes him as the "mirror of all Christian kings" whose actions epitomize justice and conscience (Henry V, ed. John Russell Brown [New York: Signet Classic, 1963], 2. Cho. 6). Throughout the play, Henry's words and actions illustrate his many virtues, virtually elevating him in...
  • Frankenstein Mary Shelley
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    Masculine Re visioning in Kenneth Branagh's Mary Shelleys Frankenstein by Joe Back Mary Shelley's tale of unnatural creation has generated and influenced texts ever since the 1818 publication of Frankenstein. Innumerable films present, in various fashions, the figure of Frankenstein's reanimated Creature, which now resonates as an archetype of Western popular culture. One hundred seventy-six years following Frankenstein's emergence, Kenneth Branagh presented his cinematic adaptation of Mary Shel...
  • Henry Movie Manipulative Play
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    In Kenneth Branagh's film Henry V he ensures that his audience fully appreciates the many sides of Henry's character. The movie shows Henry in various roles that allow the audience to see a well-rounded picture of him. He is portrayed as a king, fighter, dispenser of justice, religious, merciful, manipulative, betrayer and knowledgeable. This is done through the traditional play being converted into a movie and Kenneth adding his own personal interpretations of how the play should be viewed. He...