New York, 2000. A specter in the guise of the newly-dead CEO of Denmark Corporation appears to Hamlet, tells of murder most foul, demands revenge, and identifies the killer as Claudius, the new head of Denmark, Hamlet's uncle and now step-father. Hamlet must determine if the ghost is truly his father, and if Claudius did the deed. To buy time, Hamlet feigns madness; to catch his uncle's conscience, he invites him to watch a film he's made that shows a tale of murder. Finally convinced of Claudius's guilt, Hamlet must avenge his father. Claudius now knows Hamlet is a threat and even uses Ophelia, Hamlet's love, in his own plots against the young man. Murder will out?Written by
In the scene in which Claudius confronts Hamlet in the laundromat, he pushes Hamlet from machine 2 to machine 3. This correlates with Shakespeare's play, in which the confrontation begins in Act IV, scene 2 and continues on to scene 3. See more »
In his soliloquy, Hamlet says "The undiscovered country to whose bourn /No traveler returns." Shakespeare wrote, "The undiscovered country *from* whose bourn /No traveler returns," i.e. no one comes back from the next life to tell us what it's like. See more »
We are oft to blame in this, tis too much proved that with devotions pious we do sugar o'er the devil himself
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Slip Inside This House
Performed by Primal Scream
Written by Roky Erickson/Tommy Hall
Published by Roky Erickson Music (ASCAP)
Administered by Trace Elements
Courtesy of Creation Records, Ltd.
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It didn't work for me
New York, 2000, and Polonius telling his daughter Ophelia that Hamlet is
too princely for her, while Laertes goes on about her 'chaste treasure'?
Far better to have set it in the real Denmark, say 20 years or more ago.
Still, Maclachnan, Venora & Shepard acquit themselves well and Julia
Stiles is an extraordinarily moving Ophelia (and I've seen dozens). The
final duel is a mess and a muddle, but the presage of Ophelia's suicide
in the swimming pool is masterly. I've no idea how Hamlet, Rosencrantz &
Guildernstern got to England - did they use the QEII? - nor how Hamlet
escaped thence, though of course it would be dead easy these day. The
Baz Luhrmann 'Romeo & Juliet' worked for me, but not, alas, this: but as
a Shakespeare completist I had t
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