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Tom Stoppards play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead is the most famous modern example of a tour de force in which the action in Hamlet is viewed through the eyes of two of the bit players Hamlets college friends who accompany him on his trip to England We know Hamlet is about Hamlet They think its about Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Theres an old joke about the actor who is hired to play the gravedigger in Hamlet Whats it about his wife asks Its about a gravedigger who meets a prince he says As a play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern is fascinating we use our knowledge of Hamlet to piece together the half-glimpsed incomplete actions of the major players whose famous scenes we see a line or a moment at a time As a movie this material freely adapted by Stoppard is boring and endless It lies flat on the screen hardly stirring What went wrong Since the original play is such a triumph it is tempting to blame Stoppard in one way or another Either his rewrite was too drastic or his anachronistic references to future inventions are a distraction or perhaps his camera is not confident or his cast Gary Oldman and Tim Roth is badly chosen None of those explanations will do The rewrite would play just as successfully on the stage as the original I suspect and the anachronisms did not bother me and the direction is competent and the casting defensible on the grounds that Oldman and Roth have been interesting before and will be interesting again No I think the problem is that this material was never meant to be a film and can hardly work as a film
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