Kate and Petruchio

Date: 2007
Posted by: sniglfritz
Credits: Produced and edited by Nessa. Written by Nessa and Charlotte. Filmed by Nessa, Hannah and Charlotte. Music credits given at the end of the video. A Don’t Put This on Camera Production
Cast: Hannah (Hortensio, Bianca, Grumia), Nessa (Gremio, Lucentio), Charlotte (Petruchio’s Mother, Lucentio’s Playmate, Baptista)
Duration: 8.56 (the final 90 seconds are music only)

Lively parody of The Taming of the Shrew done as a Canadian school project, and presented in the style of a ‘Hollywood True Story’ TV programme. It intercuts rather well between its enthusiastic all-female cast (three of them, playing multiple roles) and stills of Kate (Angela Jolie) and Petruchio (Brad Pitt) – such wise choices – telling an everyday story of celebrity life.

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Hamlet in 95 boxes

Date: 2008
Posted by: yuetuo
Credits: Animated by Yue Tuo
Duration: 6.46

Exquisite six-minute interpretation of Hamlet, animated by Yue Tuo, a Chinese student at Maryland Institute College of Art. The simply animated but highly-stylised look is taken from the Chinese tradition of shadow puppets, and owes something to the silhouette films of Lotte Reininger. The ‘plot’ could probably not be followed by anyone without a knowledge of the play, but the striking title designs (“An unexpected DEATH of a FATHER”) break down the action into formalised tableaux, or ‘boxes’.

Yue Tuo’s thesis statement explains the project thus:

From the moment of birth, we are given a box prepared only for us. This box is called “character.” From this gift, we develop “personality.” It is with us every single minute of our entire life. We build a methodology or “pattern of behavior”; therefore, we live our lives inside an invisible maze. This interactive piece invites people from any culture to uncover the basic social-psychological tasks that people confront during their lives; issues of dependence and independence, selfishness and sacrifice, birth and death. In the piece she applies psychological analysis of personality characteristics to explore as well as experiment with a unique method for apprehending and dealing with daily occurrences. The piece aims to archive an interaction with viewers and unable them to apprehend the symbolic meaning from animated characters’ reactions based on people’s reactions toward various situations. She applies Hamlet as an armature for exploring universal experiences.

There is a web page on her project and exhibition, with photographs
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Hamlet vs Laertes

Date: 2003
Posted by: Joe9185
Credits: Joe9185
Cast: unnamed
Duration: 2.55

There are many Star War spoofs of Shakespeare out there. This is one of the better ones – a well-made enactment of the duel between Hamlet (with beard) and Laertes, with light sabres. Produced as a project for Damascus High School in 2003. Just a shame about the lame humour at the end.

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