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The finale for the summer of Hamlet

I was hoping to review Kenneth Branaugh’s Hamlet, but I don’t think I’ll have time. So, what is the perfect way to end the summer of Hamlet? How about Maximillian Shell performing Hamlet in German dubbed into English for 1960 … Continue reading

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What does Hamlet Do?

One of the ongoing debates regarding Hamlet is whether or not Hamlet is, as many critics contend, Hamlet is “unable to make up his mind.”  In the mind of critics such as Coleridge and Goethe, Hamlet is a thinker, and … Continue reading

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Hamlet the Prince: Thoughts on the Royal Baby, the Lion King, and Hamlet

Ok, the royal baby has had his first photo op before his name.  Royals have different priorities than us mere mortals, I suppose.  Anyway, I wanted to talk about the royal baby (as well as the Lion King) and the … Continue reading

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Hamlet the God: Bloom’s Poem Unlimited

I read Harold Bloom’s Hamlet: Poem Unlimited this weekend.  I was a little disappointed.  The problem with Harold Bloom’s book on Hamlet is that he is simply too enthralled with Hamlet’s character.  Indeed, he suggests that worship is the correct … Continue reading

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Sir Laurence Olivier’s Hamlet: Men in Tights

Here are my thoughts on Sir Lawrence Olivier’s Hamlet. 1 We must begin with this. 2 Needless to say, this production is very much indebted to the realist movement.  It attempts to create period costumes for the movie, and the … Continue reading

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Andy Murray defeats his inner Hamlet

Andy Murray, of all members of the big four, is the one who has always been most similar to Hamlet.  Both men were haunted by ghosts.  Hamlet was haunted by the ghost of Hamlet, Andy Murray was haunted by the … Continue reading

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Is Hamlet a Failed Play?

I just read a collection of literary criticism about the character of Hamlet.  By far the most intriguing piece of criticism was from TS Eliot. TS Eliot argues that Hamlet is a failed play.  He argues that Shakespeare wanted to … Continue reading

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