Reflection: Characters in Hamlet and Movie Essay example

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LEVELS: In the movie there wasn’t any obvious level difference. The camera angles weren’t positioned in a way that would demonstrate the superiority of a character. In our interpretation, the Queen Gertrude sits on a stack of chairs in order to show the audience of her power and how she is of importance, trying to convey her role as royalty (queen).
ENTRANCE: The characters in the movie walked and pace through many large doors, in an abrupt fashion, showing the agitation and distress of the character and of the scene. In our interpretation, the character walks casually while engaging in the conversation, no abrupt movement were made, signifying the characters relaxed and calm nature.
POSITION ON STAGE: Claudius and Gertrude in the movie were positioned face-to-face in a room, showing the privacy of the moment between them, all while having Rosencrantz and Guildenstern (longer camera shot), in the hallway listening into the conversation. Having these two characters outside the room reinforces their low status and are simply the servants to the king. In our interpretation, Claudius and Gertrude are face-to-face, but that lack of intimacy is eliminated when Rosencrantz and Guildenstern follow the King into the room; also showing their lack of power.
PROPS/COSTUMES: In the movie the costumes were more conservative and Elizabethan like, demonstrating the older era. The King and Queen wore nice silk robes, where other characters wore simple suits and ties. In our interpretation, a more modern approach was taken; a more ghetto type fashion is presented, associating the way in which the characters were dressed to represent the era. The king and queen wore higher class and well put together clothing, whereas Rosencrantz and Guildenstern wore grungy and ripped clothing showing their low status. No significant props were used in both interpretations
LIGHTS: In both the movie and our interpretation, the setting was light and bright showing the clarity of the setting and its surroundings.

LEVELS: The short scene in the movie was shot at eye- level, showing no forms of superiority or inferiority between the characters. In our interpretation, no levels were shown to differentiate statues between the characters.
ENTRANCE: In the movie, the characters walked through a door and a hallway in a scurried fashion, showing the eagerness of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern’s to find Polonius’s body. Hamlet runs out the door, displaying his agitation towards them and avoiding his act of burying Polonius. In our interpretation, the search for Polonius’s body was more nonchalant and not so anxiously done.
POSITION ON STAGE: The characters in the movie weren’t in a stable and stationed position. The conversation proceeded while “speed” walking. In our interpretation, the characters stayed in a consistent position, engaging in a conversation in that manner.
PROPS/COSTUMES: The movie showed an older and more sophisticated era; we showed our characters in a more modern way, dressing up like gangsters in baggy clothing and tacky and cheap jewellery. No important props were used in the movie but a large stuffed animal was used at the beginning of the scene, showing Hamlet burying Polonius (not shown in the adaptation).
LIGHTS: In both interpretations, the surroundings were in darkness. Darkness was used to show the murderous deed and the burial by Hamlet, making the scene more mysterious and chilling.

LEVELS: All characters in the movie stayed at the same level of position, similar with our interpretation
ENTRANCE: Hamlet and Horatio (movie) enter while being dragged by guards, showing the anger and severity of the scene. Hamlet enters with a sense of casualty and carelessness while being confronted by the King. In our interpretation, Rosencrantz enters upset and angry, following Hamlet with a relaxed and careless attitude, similar to what was shown in the movie adaptation.