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English 451 Shakespeare: Histories and Tragedies To do this assignment, you will need to watch fa film version of Hamlet. There are many straightforward versions of the film as well as numerous adaptations. Among the most prominent are:  Hamlet. Dir. Laurence Olivier (1948) Starring Olivier  Hamlet. Dir. Grigori Kozintsev (1964) Russian-language film  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. Dir Tom Stoppard. (1990) Starring Gary Oldman and Tim Roth  Hamlet. Dir. Franco Zeffirelli (1990) Starring Mel Gibson  In the Bleak Midwinter/A Midwinter’s Tale. Dir. Kenneth Branagh (1995) A comedy about a group of actors who stage a production of Hamlet.  Hamlet. Dir. Kenneth Branagh (1996) Starring Branagh  Hamlet. Dir. Michael Almereyda (2000) Starring Ethan Hawke  The Banquet/Legend of the Black Scorpion. Dir. Feng Xiaogang (2006) Medieval Chinese Kung Fu Hamlet.  Haider. Dir. Vishwal Bhardwaj (2014) Bollywood film set in the 1995 Kashmir conflict. Many of these films can be found in our library, and should be available through Amazon Prime, Netflix, or other outlets. NO, you cannot write about The Lion King. Write a well-structured response (800-900 words) to the following: Compare and contrast one of these film versions or spin-offs of Hamlet to Shakespeare’s play. What major interpretive choices does the filmmaker make that sets the film apart from Shakespeare’s play? What exactly does the film have to say that differs from Shakespeare’s play and how does the film make its meaning? Be sure to support your answer with quotes from the film and from Shakespeare’s text. 1

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