A Comparison of Two Film Adaptations of Hamlet Essay

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"I was raped," the girl said to me overtaken with tears. I was taken by surprise and was at a complete loss for words. She had just taken one of the darkest secrets of her life and brought it out to the splendid light for just me to gaze upon. A little apprehensive, I responded, "I'm sorry." What is one to say at the revelation of such a horrid thing? Anything else I thought of saying sounded stupid and insensitive, so I opted for silence and hugged her to comfort her to the best of my ability. A few months later the girl came to me and thanked me. She said that my gesture meant more to her than anything anyone else had said about the rape. I then realized that sometimes, if not most of the time, actions can speak louder than words. The …show more content…
The first scene gives a little comic relief when the guards become confused after seeing the ghost. When the camera enters the looming castle a celebration is being had and is abruptly interrupted by the mysterious Hamlet. The real life of the play starts to be seen upon Hamlet's entrance; Hamlet's costume and character are very bold and start to add to the impact of the setting, costume, and gestures throughout the film. Roger Ebert thinks alike: "The camera watches and then pans to the right, to reveal the solitary figure of Hamlet, clad in black. It always creates a little shock in the movies when the foreground is unexpectedly occupied. We realize the subject of the scene is not the wedding, but Hamlet's experience of it. Branagh's film is very powerful and hard-hitting, the vivid and colorful scene in the palace is a good example of this.

Emotion and feeling is easily expressed by the extraordinary acting and is very evident in the scene where Ophelia, played by Kate Winslet, returns Hamlet's, played by Kenneth Branagh, love letters. When he and Ophelia talk they show great passion and love and Hamlet's face shows evidence of it very clearly. But when Ophelia hands Hamlet back his letters his face goes hard as stone and he lashes out at Ophelia for her cruelty. His words are sharp but lose most of their effect if not played correctly. The emotion needed to display this scene is brought to the screen as Branagh screams at Ophelia as he
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