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Its a classic and they make you read it in high school When asked about Hamlet William Shakespeares tragedy about a young man out for revenge this is the answer you might receive But whats the real story To make an almost four hour play short the prince of Denmark comes home to find his father dead and his mother hastily remarrying his uncle If that werent enough his fathers ghost comes back to tell the young Hamlet that he must seek revenge against his uncle who has killed Hamlets father Your high school English teacher isnt the only one fascinated by this Elizabethan tale Hollywood has taken an interest making over 40 films based on the play Three actors have made the role their own in the past 15 years Mel Gibson Kenneth Branagh and Ethan Hawke have all attempted to fill the Danish princes shoes some with more success than others Each film takes a different approach to the classic script Hamlet and Ophelias breakup along with the concluding swordfight are two scenes that are dealt with very differently in each picture Three movies have three distinct approaches to the relationship between Ophelia and Hamlet They range from nonexistent to baffling to emotionally painful Franco Zeffirelli opted for nonexistent Setting his Hamlet in medieval Europe Zeffirelli used dark cinematography to give the movie its primitive and earthy feel Scenery set design and costume all add to the characterization of Shakespeares leading parts What Oliver only suggested about Hamlets sexual feelings for his mother Zeffirelli makes considerably more explicit Franco 754 Any real relationship between Hamlet and Ophelia has been downplayed in favor of an Oedipus-like psychoanalysis of the main character Zeffirelli chops up the scene between Hamlet and Ophelia dragging out the get thee to a nunnery line into the player scene Franco 756 Helena Bonham Carter plays the most absent of the three Ophelias Branagh and Almereyda both incorporate Ophelia into scenes
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