PlayShakespeare.com: The Ultimate Free Shakespeare Resource
PlayShakespeare.com: The Ultimate Free Shakespeare Resource
PlayShakespeare.com: The Ultimate Free Shakespeare Resource
PlayShakespeare.com: The Ultimate Free Shakespeare Resource
Welcome, Guest
Username: Password: Remember me
  • Page:
  • 1
  • 2

TOPIC: Mel Gibson as Hamlet

Mel Gibson as Hamlet 6 years 6 months ago #1721

From Wikipedia:

Chimes at Midnight

Chimes at Midnight (aka Falstaff) is a 1965 film directed by Orson Welles based around the character of Sir John Falstaff in Shakespeare. Orson Welles himself played Falstaff, Keith Baxter was Hal and John Gielgud as Henry IV. Jeanne Moreau appeared as Doll Tearsheet and Margaret Rutherford as Mistress Quickly.

The script contains text from five Shakespeare plays: primarily Henry IV, Part 1 and Henry IV, Part 2, but also Richard II, Henry V, and The Merry Wives of Windsor. The film's narration, spoken by Ralph Richardson, is taken from the chronicler Holinshed.

The film was nominated (in 1968) for a BAFTA film award for Welles as Best Foreign Actor. At the Cannes Film Festival Welles was nominated (in 1966) for the Golden Palm Award and won the 20th Anniversary Prize and the Technical Grand Prize. In Spain it won (in 1966) the Citizens Writers Circle Award for Best Film.

Welles held this film in high regard and considered it along with The Trial his best work, he said in 1982 "If I wanted to get into heaven on the basis of one movie, that's the one I'd offer up"[1]. Many critics, including Peter Bogdanovich and Jonathan Rosenbaum, also consider it Welles's finest work. The scene depicting the Battle of Shrewsbury has been particularly admired, serving as an inspiration for movies like Braveheart and Saving Private Ryan.

Due to complications concerning the film's ownership, Chimes at Midnight remains unavailable in the United States. It is most readily available as an import DVD from Brazil.

I didn't realize until reading the above that this movie contained parts of five of Shakespeare's plays. I thought it was just a distillation of both Henry the IVs.
The administrator has disabled public write access.

Mel Gibson as Hamlet 6 years 6 months ago #1816

Speaking of Mel Gibson as Hamlet, I'm told he also played the part in an episode of Monsterpiece Theater:

http://www.shaksper.net/archives/files/ ... inoff.html

Sorry I missed that one!
The administrator has disabled public write access.

Mel Gibson as Hamlet 6 years 6 months ago #1819

I'm not a fan of the Mel Gibson Hamlet. He's okay, but nothing special. These days, I will not spend my money on any Mel Gibson movie.
The administrator has disabled public write access.

Mel Gibson as Hamlet 6 years 6 months ago #1822

...did I forget to mention that Mel's big Hamlet scene was with Elmo? :roll:
The administrator has disabled public write access.
  • Page:
  • 1
  • 2
Moderators: William Shakespeare
Time to create page: 1.227 seconds
 
Banner