Branagh v. Zeffirelli Considered among the most powerful and complicated play of Shakespeare’s works, Hamlet has made a lasting impression on its audience. Multiple renditions have been produced and broadcasted, each having their own style and scenarios. However, two particular interpretations of the play have been noted as the most passionate and distinguished leaders within Shakespearean films. These films were directed by distinguished individuals, Kenneth Branagh and Franco Zeffirelli, each having distinct convictions about Hamlet.
Known for producing one of the most renowned and successful depictions of Hamlet, director Kenneth Branagh has transformed the world of Shakespearean films. Within his film, Branagh placed a fair amount of emphasis on accuracy, and rarely altered any component of the play. The style of language used within the film is similar to that of the play itself, and can be especially heard during a character’s soliloquies or interactions. In using this “true-to-text” style of language, Branagh’s film demonstrated an essential underlying theme of Hamlet: self reflection. Deeply rooted in the arts of classical plays, Branagh possesses the ability to develop a film that can capture an accurate embodiment of Shakespeare’s intentions. He desired to encapsulate the qualities of the original plot and characters by including details most directors would regard as miscellaneous. Details ranging from the beautiful and compelling scenery to something as