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I had tomato and red pepper soup for dinner - comfort food if ever there was - and watched Hamlet on DVD. Which might just be the perfect Sunday evening, except that I'm not a big fan of either Zeffirelli's interpretation of Hamlet, or Mel Gibson's performance as the prince. In fact, I think I bought this version solely because I have a crush on Stephen Dillane, who plays Horatio. ♥♥♥

I was just wondering if anyone has seen Kenneth Branagh's version, and if it's worth me buying? Branagh has played so many Shakespearean heroes that pretty soon they're all going to merge into one in my head. Or if any of you know of another version I might like that's available on DVD; it's pimp your Hamlet day here at my journal!

And since watching Hamlet always makes me crave Hamlet/Horatio, have a drive-by rec. Double Entendre by [ profile] crazylittleme, a rather sweet, PG-rated first kiss. There's a sad lack of good Hamlet/Horatio out there. Go and read it.

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Date: 2008-02-10 11:28 pm (UTC)
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I'm a sucker for Kenneth Branagh, and I know a lot of people think his version is too spun out, but I really liked it. (Also, Kate Winslet. Never a bad thing.) But as it's also the only movie version of Hamlet I've seen, I might not be the most qualified person here ;).

I still like Branagh's Henry more than any other Shakespeare character he's played, though ;).

And really? You're going to make me read Shakespeare slash? Damn you! *heaves deep, relenting sigh and runs off to print teh fic* ;)

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Date: 2008-02-10 11:33 pm (UTC)
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I do like Kate Winslet, so if you liked Branagh's Hamlet then two points to it already! I haven't seen his Henry - the histories never held much appeal for me. But maybe I should make an effort.

You're going to make me read Shakespeare slash? Damn you!

I know, you're so put upon. *g*

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Date: 2008-02-11 11:24 am (UTC)
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I preferred Branagh's version to the one with Mel Gibson (I agree that film was not brilliant. It's more classical and the set has this huge sense of scale but it was very good. I enjoyed it anyway.

And yay Hamlet/Horatio rec! There needs to be more H/H slash.

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Date: 2008-02-11 02:37 pm (UTC)
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The setting for Gibson's hamlet wasn't too bad - some dark and depressing Scottish castle, I think, sort of fitting for Hamlet, although it did keep making me think of Macbeth. Clearly I shall have to try and see Branagh now. And I couldn't agree more, the world needs more H/H!

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Date: 2008-02-11 08:53 pm (UTC)
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Yes I think it was meant to show the hsioricls period in which Hamlet was set and that was one of the bits I sort of liked though as you say very Macbeth-like.

Branagh's setting is very different - a more 19th century palace one. Big and bold.

But yes you should see it.

And it really does. Trawling the internet for it is hard.


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