[quote=“Mortimer, post:5, topic:402”]What are your thoughts on this film? I love the De Masi score. The cinematography is well done and interesting.
In some ways I find the story itself more interesting than necessarily good. It’s interesting to compare it to Hamlet and see what was changed, what was taken out, what was added.
In the United States academia considers Shakespeare to be one of the most important, if not the most important English language writers to ever live. So all children have to study Shakespeare before they graduate from high school. So most Americans have read Hamlet. Where I went to high school we spent a whole year of English class on Shakespeare.
How about in Europe and Japan? Are Shakespeare’s plays a part of everyone’s education? Are they studied in translation or in English? Would everyone be familiar with the plot and characters of Hamlet?
I ask for a few reasons. 1) Thinking about this film has made me curious, 2) I think the movie would be a lot less entertaining for someone who wasn’t familiar with the play and 3) at least when I went to school in the US we didn’t study much non-English literature. I think Plato and other early Greek writers translated into English was about all. I’m not including college.[/quote]
In my opinion, that is a quite original film. The idea about Johnny being hanged on a cross is something unique in this genre. And I also thing that the camera swinging around the hero’s head in the cemetary was also an inovative idea. But I think most people who have watched this film are not familiar with the play. I am Greek and I can tell you that besides our ancient philosophers we are hardly studying our own writers, let alone foreign literature.