Hyperion to a Satyr: Act 3, Scene 1 – To be or not to be

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 III, Scene 1, Part 2, the most famous speech in the English (or any) language - To be or not to be.

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Theme: "Fanfare" from 1996 Hamlet, by Patrick Doyle, with clips from that film, starring Ray Fearon and Kenneth Branagh; and the 1948 Hamlet, starring Lawrence Olivier.

Bonus clips: Hamlet 1996 by Kenneth Branagh, starring Kenneth Branagh; Hamlet 1948 by Laurence Olivier, starring Laurence Olivier; Hamlet 1980 by Rodney Bennett, starring Derek Jacobi; Hamlet 1990 by Franco Zeffirelli, starring Mel Gibson; Hamlet 2000 by Michael Almereyda, starring Ethan Hawke; Hamlet 2007 by Alexander Fodor, starring William Belchambers; Hamlet 2009 by Gregory Doran, starring David Tennant; and "To be or not to be" by Johnny Hallyday.

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3 responses to “Hyperion to a Satyr: Act 3, Scene 1 – To be or not to be

  1. Great review(s)!

    The Branagh version with the room of mirrors, some of them double mirrors, just adds to the complexity. As you say, is he talking to himself, brandishing a dagger at his own heart? Does he know people are behind the mirror and he is brandishing the dagger at them? All while stating the famous words.

    Thanks for the breakdowns. Always impressed!

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