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22 November 2010 @ 05:15 pm
just wondering  
While I was watching bits and pieces of all those Hamlets, my mind snagged on a bit of Ophelia's description of Hamlet when he bursts in on her as she's sewing in her closet:

And with a look so piteous in purport
As if he had been loosed out of hell
To speak of horrors
,--he comes before me.

And there's Hamlet, acting like his father, searching for yet another mode of action. So I just wondered--has anyone ever done a production of Hamlet in which Hamlet borrows some gesture of the ghost's, here, and uses it with Ophelia, in much the same way that David Tennant's Hamlet borrows the Player King's Pyrrhus-gesture of raising a knife over his head in both hands, during both "O what a rogue and peasant slave am I" and "Now might I do it, pat"? You could do this quite easily in film, in flashback; I'm not sure how you'd do it on stage, unless Ophelia were to echo Hamlet's echoed gesture, either on her own self or on Polonius. Which would work, I think. They're all borrowing from one another, anyway--trying to figure out how to behave in this broken kingdom.
 
 
 
La Reine Noire: Elizabethlareinenoire on November 23rd, 2010 03:07 am (UTC)
So I just wondered--has anyone ever done a production of Hamlet in which Hamlet borrows some gesture of the ghost's, here, and uses it with Ophelia, in much the same way that David Tennant's Hamlet borrows the Player King's Pyrrhus-gesture of raising a knife over his head in both hands, during both "O what a rogue and peasant slave am I" and "Now might I do it, pat"?

ZOMG THAT WOULD BE BRILLIANT.

I don't think it's been done, at least not that I've noticed. I'm sure there are places in the nunnery scene where he could, or possibly during 'The Mousetrap' if you don't take the flashback route (which, if I remember rightly, none of the films do?).

And I do love how Tennant consciously mimicked the Player King. That just seemed like a totally Hamlet-fanboy thing to do.
tempestsarekind: hamlet--though you can fret metempestsarekind on November 23rd, 2010 10:30 pm (UTC)
That's true--I hadn't thought of the nunnery scene or "The Mousetrap!" That makes a lot of sense.

I'm trying to remember which film uses a flashback of Hamlet and Ophelia instead of having her do the speech: at least one of them does, but I watched them all too closely to one another and I can imagine it happening in each one! So that's no help. :)

I'm really looking forward to watching the Tennant Hamlet with my mom over winter break. And yes, he is *such* a Player King fanboy!