Re: Heston's Player

From: Tom Broderick/Jana L. Weldon (
Date: Tue Jan 28 1997 - 16:38:14 EST

> From: Michael Bennett <>
> To:
> Cc: Classics List <>
> Subject: Re: Heston's Player
> Date: Monday, January 27, 1997 4:25 PM
> IMHO Branagh's Hamlet is the best film of the .... (decade). Jack Lemmon
> was an embarrassment, but the rest held their own. May I suggest that
> the point of all the cameos and stars had to do with the film paying
> tribute to all films up to this point. The ending of the fight, for
> example, pays tribute to Fairbanks as a swashbuckler and to Star Wars.

If your point is correct, then the results are a poor tribute. I suspect
that "the fight" was an attempt to one better the Mel Gibson version a few
years back. Much can be maligned about the Gibson version, but not that
action sequance.

Jana Lee
> On Sun, 26 Jan 1997, Tom Broderick/Jana L. Weldon wrote:
> > I viewed Kenneth Branaugh's Hamlet last night. Although many of the
> > appearances of American stars were distracting, embarrassing, or served
> > little point (Jack Lemmon and Robin Williams as cases in point),
> > Heston as the Player was memorable. His reading of the fall of Ilium
> > very memorable. Was anyone else so moved?
> >
> > Jana Lee
> >

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