Hollywood 's Interpretation Of A Classic Essay

1516 Words Dec 3rd, 2014 7 Pages
Amanda McCutchan
Professor Fletcher
3 December 2014
Hollywood’s Interpretation of a Classic.
Hamlet Prince of Denmark is one of the few plays that writer William Shakespeare sold. It is a timeless classic that was written in the seventeenth century that has been remade over and over again throughout centuries with numerous directors’ personal touch on each one. No current living writer or director has ever seen the original Hamlet Prince of Denmark Shakespeare play. A book and a movie are never the same and since that is the case, Shakespeare has left Hollywood with so much play room to interpret this classic drama. A perfect example of freedom of is imagination is in both the Kenneth Branagh and Franco Zeffirelli’s versions of Hamlet Prince of Denmark Act three Scene four. While both of these versions portray the same climax of when Hamlet stabs Polonius, he commits himself to becoming a murderer and brings himself into unavoidable conflict with his father the ghost king. These two versions tell the story differently, focusing on different perspectives.
There are so many differences in these two scenes. The setting in which these scenes take place gives more freedom to imagination. While both scenes take place in a castle the Branagh version seems to be in a more modern time. The room had an 1800’s cheesy hotel room feel in my opinion. The sheer curtains remind me of a Day’s inn, the room was too bright to be set in the 1800s. The floor was shiny white large…

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