Hyperion to a Satyr: Hamlet Act II, Scene 1 – Reynaldo

Hyperion to a Satyr - The Fire and Water Podcast Network's Hamlet Podcast - continues Siskoid's scene-by-scene deep dive into Shakespeare's masterwork, discussing the text, but also performance and staging through the lens of several films, television, comics and even a rock opera. In Act II, Scene 1, Part 1, Polonius gives his spy Reynaldo a secret mission.

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Theme: "Fanfare" from 1996 Hamlet, by Patrick Doyle, with clips from that film, starring Ray Fearon; the 2000 Hamlet, starring Ethan Hawke; and the 1990 Hamlet, starring Mel Gibson.

Bonus clips: Hamlet 1996 by Kenneth Branagh, starring Richard Byers; Hamlet 1980 by Rodney Bennett, starring Eric Porter and Raymond Mason; Hamlet 2007 by Alexander Fodor, starring Lydia Piechowiak and Hanne Steen; and Hamlet 2009 by Gregory Doran, starring David Ajala and Oliver Ford Davies.

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4 responses to “Hyperion to a Satyr: Hamlet Act II, Scene 1 – Reynaldo

  1. So happy to have this show back!

    As I have said before, for some reason Polonius is always a doddering fool. So hearing some snippets of this Reynaldo scene emphasizing Polonius as a schemer (as you have done before) has really been eye opening.

    I also like how you bring up stunt casting as a way to somehow bulk up a role. For me, I think it is just friends asking friends to hang out on set. But Depardieu does add some weight to this small role.

    Glad you’ll be covering the Gilligan’s Island episode. I can hear Alan Hale Jr singing ‘Neither a borrower nor a lender be’ to Carmen in my head right now.

  2. During the hiatus between Acts I and II, our daughter came to my wife and I, out of the blue, and asked if she could watch Hamlet. Apparently, she included a quote from the play in a short story she wrote. Realizing that she’d never read nor seen a Shakespeare play, she wanted to remedy that situation. Fortunately, we had a copy of Zeffirelli’s Hamlet on hand, which she loved. While we watched, I had a chance to share some of the insights that I’d picked up from this show.

    So, I wanted to thank you for this show, and for helping to foster my daughter’s growing appreciation of Shakespeare’s work through it.

    1. Wow, that’s great! Zeffirelli is one of my least favorite versions, but it was my FIRST, and I think it’s very approachable.

      If she’s looking for recommendations, I think Branagh’s Much Ado About Nothing is a great introduction to the comedies.

      1. Just yesterday, my daughter told me that she wants to see Much Ado About Nothing, because she finds the title intriguing. I will definitely be showing her Branagh’s version. We were driving home after watching The Flash, so I was able to tell her that she’d get to see Michael Keaton again.

        On a related note, I also want to use Branagh’s Henry V to introduce her to Shakespeare’s histories. I LOVE that film!

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