Branagh Essays

  • Hamlet: Zeffirelli vs. Branagh

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    been the aspiration of many actors. William Shakespeare’s Hamlet has been the focus on various accounts throughout the 20th Century, each actor attempting to bring something unique and unmarked to the focal character. Franco Zeffirelli and Kenneth Branagh, both film directors, introduce varying levels of success on the screen through downright differences in ways of translation and original ideas. Zeffirelli’s much shorter interpretation of the film is able to convey the importance of Hamlet as a masterwork

  • Comparing Ghost Scenes Of Hamlet By Branagh And Mel Gibson

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    everything is different when comparing the ghost scenes of Kenneth Branagh and Mel Gibson takes’ on Hamlet. Two similarities are Hamlet’s clothing and the characters’ names remain the same. While both films are good in their own lights, there is clearly a more appealing film for a shakespeare amature much like myself. The Mel Gibson version of Hamlet appeals to me the most as of now because of the setting, acting, and understanding. The Branagh version is set in a more modern day setting, but still uses

  • Analysis of the Last Scene of Film Frankenstein by Kenneth Branagh

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    Analysis of the Last Scene of Film Frankenstein by Kenneth Branagh The monster that Victor Frankenstein created to stop death has destroyed him emotionally. This monster has killed all that Victor ever loved. He killed his little brother, his wife, his father, and his housemaid. Wanting vengeance Victor follows the monster north in an unwavering pursuit. All he wants to do is to destroy the monster. But the monster soon kills him by torturing him while on the run. Victor dies from exhaustion

  • Henry V - Film

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    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 into a film that glorified war. Instead, Branagh took the opportunity to make a statement about what he felt

  • Comparing Bennett's Hamlet with Branagh's Hamlet

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    both interpretation and method, however they also have marked differences in their respective approaches to the text. Perhaps the most obvious difference between these two versions is that Branagh uses the full unabridged text whereas Bennett cuts the play down by an hour or so; Kenneth Branagh justifies his use of the full text on the BBC's website stating: "When you cut the play ... what often happens is that you compress a lot of very intense set pieces and it becomes unbearable to watch

  • Hamlet's Emotions, Actions, and Importance in the Nunnery Scene

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    the other characters in the scene. Olivier's choice to focus on Hamlet and his feelings, rather than the action going on around him, is highlighted in the nunnery scene and evident in the entire play Branagh, on the other hand sees Hamlet as a exciting tale of courtly intrigue and deception. Branagh' s Hamlet's truly affected by the action unfolding Olivier's open and abstract nunnery... ... middle of paper ... ...with the deceit of those around him. Branagh's attempt to widen the scope of his

  • Tough Love in Mel Gibson's Hamlet and Branagh's Hamlet

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    abusive toward his once loved girlfriend Ophelia. It is interesting to examine the possible motives behind Hamlet's blatant harshness in this "Get the to a nunnery" scene toward the easily manipulated and mild mannered girl. While watching Kenneth Branagh and Mel Gibson's film adaptations of the play, the audience may recognize two possibilities of the many that may exist which may explain the Prince's contemptible behavior; Kenneth Branaugh seems to suggest that this display of animosity will help

  • Branagh's Interpretation of Much Ado About Nothing

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    Dawson, A. B. 'Much Ado About Signifying', Studies in English Literature 22, 211-21. 1982. Humphreys, A. R. 1981; 'Introduction' to Much Ado About Nothing. London and New York: Routledge. repr. 1994. Much Ado about Nothing. Dir. Kenneth Branagh. Perf. Emma Thompson, KennethBranagh, Denzel Washington, Michael Keaton, and Keanu Reeves. Goldwyn, 1993

  • Essay on Frail Ophelia of Hamlet

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    them with no argument. Afraid to stand up for herself, she stands back and watches everyone else control her life. In Shakespeare's Hamlet, Ophelia is treated as a marionette with her strings in the hands of the people around her; however, Kenneth Branagh portrays her as independent and innocent, ignoring Shakespeare's representation of her as feeble-minded through complete male dominance in her thoughts and actions, her indecisiveness, and digression into madness. It is obvious throughout the

  • The Use of Flashback in Kenneth Branagh's Henry V

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    and his remaining friends lament his impending loss. Branagh gives Pistol a line of Falstaff's, describing Falstaff in his own words as "A goodly, portly man, in faith," (1 Henry IV. II. iv. 421), apparently to establish Falstaff as the well loved character he seems to be in the Branagh film. Falstaff is shown as the jolly jester in this flashback, and not at all as the dangerous, mischief making deceiver he is in the texts, themselves. Branagh focuses on the pathos of Falstaff, to display his rejection

  • Comparing Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Kenneth Branagh's Frankenstein

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    popular belief Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is a scientist, not a monster. The "monster" is not the inarticulate, rage-driven criminal depicted in the 1994 film version of the novel. Shelley’s original Frankenstein was misrepresented by this Kenneth branagh film, most likely to send a different message to the movie audience than Shelley’s novel shows to its readers. The conflicting messages of technologies deserve being dependent on its creator (address by Shelley) and poetic justice, or triumph over

  • Frankenstein as a Non-Epistolary Film

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    ragged breakers of length-contraction and visual style, is forced to deal with the additional sandbar presented by a plot format in which no visual action occurs and, more often than not, this difficulty consequently runs the film aground. Kenneth Branagh, in bringing Mary Shelley's Frankenstein to the screen as Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, succinctly sidesteps this potential pitfall by completely discarding the epistolary format; rather than existing as a lengthy letter penned to Mrs. Saville, the

  • Applying Showalter’s Idea’s to Branagh's Film of Hamlet

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    show these bonds in Branagh's Hamlet, Showalter's goal to conclude with "a fuller sense of the responsibilities of feminist criticism, as well a new perspective on Ophelia" is achieved (224). Works Cited Hamlet. Dir. Kenneth Branagh. Perf. Kenneth Branagh, Kate Winslet, Brian Blessed, Richard Briars, Julie Cristie, Billy Crystal, Derek Jacobi, Michael Malony. Castle Rock, 1996. Shakespeare, William. Hamlet. Ed. Susanne L. Wofford. Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism. Boston: St Martin's

  • Hamlet: Branagh's Ophelia and Showalter's Representing Ophelia

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    contrasting eerily with the song pieces she uses as her speech.  In an instant she is writhing and thrusting her pelvis in such a gross sexual manner that it becomes clear that, in his film interpretation of William Shakespeare's Hamlet, Kenneth Branagh wants to imply a strong relationship between female insanity and female sexuality.  Such a relationship is exactly what Elaine Showalter discusses in her essay -- "Representing Ophelia: Women, Madness, and the Responsibilities of Feminist Criticism"

  • Comparison of Ethan Hawke and Kenneth Branagh's Versions of Hamlet

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    captivating ambiance, Ethan Hawke’s version was more appealing due to the intellectual incentive that it offered. Setting and mood are methods of direction that can change a film’s ambiance and bring on an adundance of intelligent thoughts. Hawke and Branagh both reproduced Hamlet with a setting and mood that were both appealing for an audience. For instance, Hawke created a film much unlike Shakespeare’s play with a modern day setting. At the start of the film, the mood was set using modern visuals and

  • Branagh And Hamlet Comparison Essay

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    begins with only his voice as he says the well-known line, “To be or not to be”. It is not until he says, “For in that sleep of death” does the music begin. From there on, even as Branagh speaks, tension is constructed through the ominous tune that continues to crescendo. It pairs amazingly with the footsteps that Branagh takes as he approaches the mirror, because it mimics the slow pace and anxiety of the scene. In Zeffirelli's adaptation, there is no music. Silence, however, can be more effective

  • Film Versions of Shakespeare Comedies

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    Kenneth Branagh’s A Much Ado About Nothing [‘Much Ado’]. Although both films can to an extent be seen as comedies with serious, almost tragic aspects inherent throughout, Nunn’s film deals with these serious facets as central to the depiction, whereas Branagh, although not entirely ignoring the deeper issues, prefers a more light-hearted and visually attractive adaptation. Twelfth Night has been described as ‘like Hamlet in a comic vein’ . In terms of Shakespearean chronology, the bittersweet edge to

  • Love And Love In Shakespeare's Twelfth Night

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    exudes from Thompson and Branaghs sparkling duet. Packed full of passion and charisma they capture the essence of Shakespeare’s original words and deliver a terrific performance onto the silver screen. Between the two they successfully convey the huge amount of chemistry between them onto the screen, undoubtedly leaving any onlooker with a smile on their face. Beatrice and Benedicks developing relationship is such a joy to watch throughout the play. Not only has Branagh successfully kept the comedic

  • Compare And Contrast The Mousetrap

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    The Mousetrap Essay Viewing both films acted by Kenneth Branagh and David Tennant are different, yet alike. The film that was distinctive and more appealing was the film acted by Kenneth Branagh. The actor followed each line from the play throughout the film and not cutting scenes shorter like other film companies. The film director gave the viewer a well-detailed and constructed film showing how each character was executed well. The film director interpretation of act 3 scene 2, was having

  • Branagh And Hamlet Comparison Essay

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    During class we have reviewed many versions of the play Hamlet. The two movie versions that I chose to compare on the play Hamlet are the David Tennant version and the Kenneth Branagh version. I chose these two versions because these were the two that most interested me. I believe that some scenes from each movie were better than the other, but overall I liked these two versions just as equally. The three main scenes that stood out to me that I will be comparing are ‘Ophelia’s Mad Scene’, the ‘Hamlet