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Does it take a really big ego to take on Shakespeare on the big screen? Most films are way too greedy in their attempt to make both good film and good Shakespeare. I’m not saying that it can’t be done, or that it should not be the goal, but how about doing it with some modesty and appearance of effortlessness too? Sprezzatura? Si, si grazie mille!

Shakespeare or not, Branagh is generally quite self-indulgent, both in himself and in the actual film-making (Frankenstein anyone?) but I have to admit, in this last scene of Much Ado About Nothing it actually pays off. I’m always easily impressed by action scenes done in one long shot, and they have done this dancing scene (starts at 4:50) really nice. But is it just me or can you see the crane hiding behind the bushes? Ha! Branagh, you can’t fool me!

on twitter

  • RT @artinsociety: Albrecht Dürer died #OTD 1528, almost 500 years ago, but his studies of animals and bugs live on ~ here’s his finely-obse… 10 months ago
  • RT @TheSyriaCmpgn: These photos show the devastating conditions Syrian refugees are facing in Lebanon after a brutal storm left their tents… 1 year ago
  • RT @jeremycorbyn: I, Daniel Blake will be shown on TV for the first time, tonight at 9.45pm on BBC 2. It shows the human cost of this Tory… 1 year ago


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