Kenneth Branagh as Hamlet
Laurence Olivier as Hamlet
You have until Monday 2.9.09 @ noon to complete this assignment.
It is worth 100 points and will be graded with the APE Rubric.
Objective: Watch the two performances above of Hamlet's first soliloquy from Act 1 Scene 2 and choose which version is the best interpretation of the lines.
Your critique of the video must be based on your knowledge and understanding of the passage, so you must provide textual evidence from Hamlet as well as provide descriptions of the video. I can't watch the video and read your post at the same time, so you need to make me see what you see with your words. It will also help you to take notes on the video while you watch it. Pay attention to what you captures your attention. Notice what you notice! (Hint: Watch the video more than once.)
Pay attention to:
- delivery of the lines
- imagery the setting / scenery
- the portrayal of the actor (characterization)
- lighting & camera effects
- sound effects or music
- etc--the list could keep going
You should make sure to develop a sophisticated thesis. Post in the comment stream of the video you choose below. It should be about 1,000 words (use your best judgement in either direction--this is a recommendation, not a requirement. It should be as long as it takes to develop your thesis.)
Edit and put spaces between paragraphs before you post please!