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Michael Almereyda appreciates the cultural influence the works of Shakespeare have had across the world. In his film, he attempts to create an updated version of the play that is original and relevant today. The film version of Hamlet directed by Almereyda attempts to recreate Shakespeare’s play and there are some notable differences between the two version of Hamlet. In all his work, Shakespeare uses theatrical content to showcase his dramatic knowledge. Although his plays are confined to set time frames, his plays have a high degree of truth of correspondence. Although the play strictly focuses on Denmark, Michael Almereyda’s film moves the setting of the play five hundred years to come and half way the world over. The shift in setting does not, however, alter the plot and main concept of the play. He shifts the action to the year 2000 in New York. Instead of the setting being in Denmark as in the play, Demark is the name of a corporation in the film (Shakespeare 100). The CEO of the corporation is Claudius Hamlet’s uncle and he is the antagonist of the play. The personalities, themes and motives of the play’s antagonist and protagonist have been clearly captured in the film as written in the play by Shakespeare. Almereyda skillfully captures the basic elements that are enshrined in play, in his film. The play by Shakespeare begins at the castle where the guards are standing with Horatio. Horatio and the guard are anticipating the King Hamlet’s ghost arrival. The ghost appears twice and does not speak. The ghost is a symbol of the consequence of death. The guard decides to tell Hamlet of the ghost. In films start with the King’s funeral in this scene Gertrude stands besides the king’s coffin. The actions and themes in the film and play are centered on the protagonist Hamlet. The film adaptation by Almereyda attempts to portray the Hamlet’s character. Symbolism and visual imagery have played and major role in bringing out the protagonist character. In the film, young Hamlet represents a modernized adaptation of the character. Although the character is modernized, His character mirrors that which Shakespeare wrote in his play. Almereyda’s Hamlet is molded in a version that will appease the audience today. Hamlet’s wardrobe is mainly black color which is symbolic. There is a deep focus on Hamlet’s interest on artsy technology and his creation of documentary films (Shakespeare 150). Throughout the film, Almereyda portrays film motif, which represents a parallel to the use of metadrama in Shakespeare’s play. The film version of Shakespeare’s Hamlet takes a different approach to portray metadrama. All scenes involving Hamlet have filming equipment featured. Some of the features employed include photography, television or film editing. The rising action of the film and the play is where the ghost appears to Hamlet. The scenes where the ghost of King Hamlet returns to request young Hamlet to avenge his father’s death, the television jumps to a scene where a man walks engulfed in fiery flames. This represents a metaphoric accent. The film shows the parallel between the reappearance of the King’s ghost and a man coming from hell. The climax of the film is where Hamlet commits to avenge the death of his father. The scenes where Ophelia is visited by Hamlet, Ophelia is seen in a dark room. She is gracefully hanging her photography.
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