Monday, April 7, 2008

Almereyda's Hamlet: "This is the Tragedy . . ."

Hamlet. Dir. Michael Almereyda. Perf. Ethan Hawke, Julia Stiles, Sam Shepard, and Bill Murray. 2000. DVD. Buena Vista Home Entertainment, 2001.

Olivier’s Hamlet openes with the words “This is the tragedy of a man who could not make up his mind.”

Almereyda’s Hamlet (with Ethan Hawke) might easily open with these lines:
This is the tragedy of a man who could not make up his mind—
—about which video to check out.
And I think those lines would fit the general tongue-in-cheek feel of the film.

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