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W. W. Norton & Company, 1996 - Performing Arts - 208 pages
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Often credited with creating a popular movie audience for Shakespeare, Kenneth Branagh has wanted for many years to bring to the screen the complete, full-length version of Hamlet, Shakespeare's greatest play. "The film, like the play, will have something for everyone," he says. "Its a ghost story, a thriller, an action-packed murder mystery, and a great tragedy that is profoundly moving." With an outstanding cast of international actors--including Derek Jacobi as Claudius, Julie Christie as Gertrude, Kate Winslet as Ophelia, Charlton Heston as the Player King, Robin Williams as Osric, and Gerard Depardieu as Reynaldo--Branagh's version, in which he will play the title role as well as direct, is sure to go down in film history. This beautiful volume includes Branagh's introduction and screenplay adaptation of Shakespeare's text, color and black-and-white stills, and a production diary that takes us behind the scenes for a day-to-day look at the shooting of his film.

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Maybe I'm biased as someone who has lived in Denmark and walked the grounds supposedly known to be Hamlet's castle, but I believe this to be the greatest published work of Shakespeare. An engrossing plot, fabulous characters, a truly beautifully written tragedy. Read full review

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User Review  - Adrian Seijido - Goodreads

to read this book time is needed to understand the superiority of shakesperean langauge. I liked the ending of the book but will not spoil anything. Read full review

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Kenneth Branagh, who lives in London, is the author of three previous books: an autobiography, Beginning (Norton), and the tie-in volumes to Much Ado About Nothing (Norton), and Henry V.

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