Play Hamlet vs Zefferelli's Movie

Topics: Hamlet, Characters in Hamlet, Franco Zeffirelli Pages: 2 (524 words) Published: January 24, 2007
There are both many similarities and differences when comparing and contrasting Shakespeare's play Hamlet versus Franco Zefferelli's film version. The most obvious difference between the two is that they are different mediums, one is written and one is visual. People can have varied perceptions from what you thought the appearances and mannerisms of the characters to be while reading the text then when you see them on the screen. Hamlet appeared to be much older in the film than Ophelia, who looked about the age she was intended to be in the play. Gertrude is perceived to be mature and calm in the play, while in the film she is giddy and acts like a young girl. While the play and film are similar in that the movie uses the original old English from the play, a lot of the dialog and soliloquies were rearranged or those that were longer or difficult to understand were cut completely.

A major difference throughout the entire play was that the arrangement and overall dynamics of some scenes are modified. The most noticeable was Act I, Scene I. In Shakespeare's version, the two watchmen, Bernardo and Marcellus, are joined by Horatio so they can prove to him that the apparition of the recently deceased King Hamlet has been appearing on the watchtower for the past three nights. Horatio had been skeptical in believing them at first, but is proved wrong when the King does indeed appear. In Zefferelli's version, the opening scene begins with Queen Gertrude viewing her dead husband (King Hamlet) just before he is to be buried, followed by Claudius announcing his marriage to Gertrude. There is no mention of the King Hamlet's funeral or Claudius and Gertrude's wedding announcement in the book. Also, in Zefferelli's film version, there is no mention whatsoever of Fortinbras or the war. Since the first scene of the play was eliminated from the movie, there was no conversation to inform us of Denmark preparing for the war against Fortinbras army. Since we do not see the ghost...
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