Month: May 2008

Hamlet flosses

Date: 2008
Posted by: amiablewalker
Credits: Filmed by Amy Walker
Cast: Amy Walker (Hamlet)
Duration: 2.59

American actress Amy Walker delivers the ‘To be or not to be soliloquy’ from Hamlet, Act 3 Scene 1, while flossing. And why not? As Kenneth Branagh has demonstrated (with a somewhat bigger budget), this is a speech designed for delivering to a mirror.

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Shakespeare in the Ghetto, Shylock

Date: 2006
Posted by: sykesmarcus
Credits: Filmed by Marcus Sykes
Cast: Marcus Sykes (Shylock)
Duration: 1.38

Marcus Sykes delivers Shylock’s speech “To bait fish withal: if it will feed nothing else, It will feed my revenge”, The Merchant of Venice Act 3 Scene 1. A muted but interesting interpretation. One of a series of video monologues titled onscreen either Shakesphere in the Ghetto or Shakespeer in the Ghetto.

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Shakespeare in the Ghetto, Angelo

Date: 2008
Posted by: sykesmarcus
Credits: Filmed by Marcus Sykes
Cast: Marcus Sykes (Angelo)
Duration: 3.26

Marcus Sykes gives Angelo’s speech “What’s this, what’s this? Is this her fault or mine?” from Measure for Measure, Act 2 Scene 2. Filmed in black-and-white, in compelling close-up in tune with the quiet delivery. The music is an unnecessary distraction. One of a series of video monologues titled onscreen either Shakesphere in the Ghetto or Shakespeer in the Ghetto.

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Shakespeare in the Ghetto, Othello III

Date: 2006
Posted by: sykesmarcus
Credits: Filmed by Marcus Sykes
Cast: Marcus Sykes (Othello)
Duration: 1.02

Marcus Sykes delivers Othello’s impassioned speech “Think, my lord! By heaven, he echoes me, As if there were some monster in his thought Too hideous to be shown. -Thou dost mean something” (Act 3 Scene 3). Another fine performance, almost but not quite too much so close to the camera. One of a series of video monologues titled onscreen either Shakesphere in the Ghetto or Shakespeer in the Ghetto.

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Shakespeare in the Ghetto, Othello II

Date: 2008
Posted by: sykesmarcus
Credits: Filmed by Marcus Sykes
Cast: Marcus Sykes (Othello)
Duration: 1.08

Marcus Sykes gives another speech from Othello, this time “to be once in doubt / Is once to be resolv’d” (Act 3 Scene 3), filmed in close-up, with orange-red colouring. One of a series of video monologues titled onscreen either Shakesphere in the Ghetto or Shakespeer in the Ghetto.

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Shakespeare in the Ghetto, Othello

Date: 2007
Posted by: sykesmarcus
Credits: Filmed by Marcus Sykes
Cast: Marcus Sykes (Othello)
Duration: 1.58

Marcus Sykes gives a fine reading of Othello’s speech “Her father loved me, oft invited me” (Act 3 Scene 1), all in close-up, filmed in black-and-white, in intimate conversation with the camera (intriguingly positioned a little above him, which adds to the note of pleading as Othello is obliged to look up to us). One of a series of video monologues titled onscreen either Shakesphere in the Ghetto or Shakespeer in the Ghetto.

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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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