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This is rather a difficult question to answer, because you need to remember that any production of a Shakespeare text involves a creative interpretation of what at the end of the day is just a set of lines on the page. You would do better to compare two different versions of this play.
Having said this, you might want to think about what Brannagh adds to this excellent tragedy and why he does this. One of the most notable things that he adds which is clearly not in the original text is a sex scene between Hamlet and Ophelia, which is used as a flashback at various points during the play to highlight the tragedy of what happens to Ophelia (and to Hamlet) and also to indicate that they were both very much in love with each other. In the text, it is never clear if Hamlet ever truly loved Ophelia, and we are left to decide this for ourselves. The film makes it clear that, were it not for events beyond his control, Hamlet would have married Ophelia and they would have been happy together.
Secondly, another aspect that is different is the way that Brannagh chose to stage the famous "To be or not to be" soliloquy in Act III scene 1. The cunning use of two-way mirrors means that Hamlet can deliver this intensely introspective soliloquy to himself whilst being watched from the other side of the mirror by an eavesdropping Claudius and Polonius. This helps present Elsinore as a place where you are never sure who is listening in on you.
Hamlet: Mel Gibson Vs Kenneth Branagh
Hamlet, a tragedy by William Shakespeare shows a lot of adaptations to movies. Hamlet by Mel Gibson (1990) and Kenneth Branagh (1996) interpret and portray the play by Shakespeare in different ways. The two film versions of Act IV of Hamlet have many differences and similarities. Kenneth Branagh’s version of Hamlet is seen covering most of the original text of Shakespeare’s play of Hamlet unlike the Mel Gibson version which omits many scenes and dialogues. The film version of Hamlet featuring Kenneth Branagh is a more successful production of Shakespeare’s play of Act IV according to its setting, editing choices and character portrayal.
The difference between the setting shows how modern the Kenneth Branagh version of Hamlet is compared to the Mel Gibson version of Hamlet. One of the difference between the two films is the setting and time period. Mel Gibson version of Hamlet is set in a dark and medieval time castle during the 19th century. Kenneth Branagh's movie of Hamlet was set in 19th century making the setting of the castle more of a luxurious modern palace. For instance, In Act 4 Scene 4 during Hamlet’s soliloquy, Hamlet is seen in a setting full of snow in which he emphasize his anger towards the world and Claudius, “How all occasions do inform against me, And spur my dull revenge! What is a man if his chief good and market of his time be but to sleep and feed? A beast, no more.”(4.4. 31-34). The lighting of the movie plays a major role in the production of the film because it demonstrates emotions and feelings from the characters. For instance, in Hamlet starring Mel Gibson the lighting was adjusted to make the scenes darker to show sadness and grief. However in the Branagh version of hamlet the lighting was fairly bright capturing the characters very well. For instance, the black clothing that he wears sets him apart from the colorful background.
The props and costumes the Kenneth Branagh version used are very modern and unique while the Mel Gibson version of Hamlet costumes are more old and traditional. In the Kenneth Branagh version the costumes are very elegant while the costumes worn in the Mel Gibson version is seen more as rags. For instance, Ophelia is seen wearing old rags covering her when she acts insane in Act 4 Scene 5. In the Kenneth Branagh’s film the director uses flashbacks as a way to illustrate scenes like the scene where Gertrude explains Ophelia drowning in the river. Camera techniques in the Kenneth Branagh version of Hamlet were creative as the camera slowly pulls back in Act 4 Scene 4 of Hamlet’s soliloquy. However in the Kenneth Branagh version the scenery and props adapt more to the Shakespeare’s play Hamlet.
The two film versions of Mel Gibson and Kenneth Branagh of Act IV in Hamlet show an amount of editing done by the directors. In the Mel Gibson version of Hamlet there has been many scenes left out that was initially from the play. However in the Kenneth Branagh version of Hamlet it includes the original...
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