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If one were to collect scenes from Shakespeare films to compare how different productions approached them differently, what scenes should be selected?
posted by John Kenneth Fisher to Media & Arts (23 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Ok, let me explain. I have a weird obsession with comparing different ways of doing things. I love covers of songs and remakes of films and all kinds of things like that, just to see how the little (or not so little) differences affect the whole.
I also love shakespeare, and, because I was bored one day, I took the Hamlet productions I had on film and cut out their versions of Act II, scene ii (The "You are a fishmonger" sequence.) and put it on the Youtubes.
And I got a real kick out of the comparison, and will likely add to it shortly. And I'd like to do some more with the various plays, but while I know Hamlet inside and out, my knowledge of the other plays, and more importantly their filmed versions, varies from heavy to almost nil.
So my question becomes: What scenes, sequences, etc. in the Shakespeare canon have the most interesting variances in how they appear on film, as well as hopefully being interesting scenes in their own right?