History YMMV / Hamlet

22nd Apr '17 12:29:08 PM Springheeled_Jack
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** Laertes mentions how we feed the masses like a pelican with his blood. At the time pelicans were though to feed their young with their own blood. One wonders if they'd ever actually seen a pelican.

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** Laertes mentions how we feed the masses like a pelican with his blood. At the time pelicans were though thought to feed their young with their own blood. One wonders if they'd ever actually seen a pelican.
22nd Apr '17 12:28:32 PM Springheeled_Jack
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* ScienceMarchesOn: Multiple examples given how old the play is.
** Laertes mentions how we feed the masses like a pelican with his blood. At the time pelicans were though to feed their young with their own blood. One wonders if they'd ever actually seen a pelican.
** A chameleon is mentioned for its diet of nothing but air. Yes they really thought that.
25th Feb '17 12:27:10 PM Anddrix
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* HellIsThatNoise: The Cameri Theatre production (in Tel-Aviv) ended with the sound of ominous playing trumpets growing louder and louder, winding up deafeningly loud.
22nd Feb '17 5:52:27 AM DoktorvonEurotrash
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* NightmareFuel: In the Branagh version, the courtier Osric (who has until then been a prissy ComicRelief character) [[DrivenToSuicide stabs himself]] in the final scene before announcing that Fortinbras has taken the kingdom, and we see a pretty graphic close-up of his bloodied hand from holding the wound shut. In fact, the whole of Fortinbras' entry into the palace is played more as the chilling arrival of a military dictator and less as the restoration of order that critics have often considered it to be.
7th Feb '17 7:55:36 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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*** While there's no doubt whatsoever that he's a villain (he ''admits'' in prayer to murdering his own brother), some think that he still was a pretty good ruler, and that Hamlet's revenge on him just made things worse for Denmark.

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*** While there's no doubt whatsoever that he's a villain (he ''admits'' in prayer to murdering his own brother), some think that he still was a pretty good ruler, and that Hamlet's revenge on him [[NiceJobBreakingItHero just made things worse for Denmark.Denmark]].
24th Dec '16 11:34:33 AM SuddenFrost
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::: Branagh's ''Hamlet'' is definitely set in a WorldOfHam, but this was probably necessary to maintain the audience's interest in a four-hour-long movie.
21st Dec '16 11:25:27 PM SuddenFrost
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--->'''Hamlet:''' Words, words, ''WOUEUOEOUEUOERRRDS.''

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--->'''Hamlet:''' Words, words, ''WOUEUOEOUEUOERRRDS.''''[[note]]Creator/DavidTennant uses the exact same delivery in his performance as Hamlet.[[/note]]
5th Dec '16 6:50:52 AM CJCroen1393
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*** The scene in which Gertrude drinks the poisoned wine is also open to interpretation; in some adaptations, she is unaware that there is poison in the wine and her line "I will, My Lord, I pray you pardon me" is said as if she's just having a good time. In others, "I will..." is delivered to imply that she knows exactly what's in there and has been DrivenToSuicide.

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*** The scene in which Gertrude drinks the poisoned wine is also open to interpretation; in some adaptations, she is unaware that there is poison in the wine and her line "I will, My Lord, I pray you pardon me" is said as if she's just having a good time. In others, "I will..." is delivered to imply that she knows exactly what's in there and has been DrivenToSuicide. Or [[HeroicSacrifice taking the poison for her son]].
5th Nov '16 7:37:23 AM cordychase
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* ValuesDissonance: Claudius and Gertrude's relationship is a minor example--most modern viewers probably don't consider marrying your brother-in-law to be incest. At the time the play was written, however, it was viewed on the same level as marrying your biological brother, hence Hamlet continually calling the marriage incestuous.
18th Aug '16 5:10:34 PM shatterstar
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** In the David Tennant version Polonius is the standout--the character is difficult to play due the need to be simultaneously hilarious and boring, but Oliver Ford Davies nails it; he's also the only character other than Hamlet to blatantly break the fourth wall.er

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** In the David Tennant version Polonius is the standout--the character is difficult to play due the need to be simultaneously hilarious and boring, but Oliver Ford Davies nails it; he's also the only character other than Hamlet to blatantly break the fourth wall.er
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