Hyperion to a Satyr: Act 3, Scene 3 – The Confessional

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 3, the King confesses to his brother's murder!

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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 Laurence Olivier.

Bonus clips: Hamlet 1996 by Kenneth Branagh, starring Timothy Spall, Derek Jacobi and Kenneth Branagh; Hamlet 1980 by Rodney Bennett, starring Jonathan Hyde, Patrick Stewart and Derek Jacobi; Hamlet 2000 by Michael Almereyda, starring Kyle MacLachlan; Hamlet 2007 by Alexander Fodor, starring Alan Hanson; Hamlet 2009 by Gregory Doran, starring Sam Alexander , Patrick Stewart and David Tennant; Slings & Arrows, starring Luke Kirby and Rothaford Gray; and "Tue-le" by Johnny Hallyday.

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3 responses to “Hyperion to a Satyr: Act 3, Scene 3 – The Confessional

  1. I haven’t seen Hamlet 2000; I think I’ve found a way to express my feelings with Shakespeare staged as if it’s happening today: it’s like Looney Tunes doing a literary adaptation, you can assign each cartoon character a role, but eventually you’ll run into something that doesn’t fit.

    Is there some reason they didn’t do the obvious and replace the forgiveness of God with Public Opinion? Some of Cladius’s lines could be taken as drafts of ideas for trying to get in front of the scandal. Of course, back in 2000, word did not get out to the public as fast as prayers go (or don’t go) to heaven, so Hamlet’s pause would be anticipating further spin rather than immediate translation to Heaven. It also diminishes Hamlet from wanting judgement on Cladius’s immortal soul to wanting to be right online, but Cladius has been reduced from Law of the Land as king to merely thinking he’s above the law as a CEO.

  2. There are some Shakespeare lines which have worked their way into my personal lexicon. “Now, now I might do it while he’s praying. But up sword …” is one of them.

    There are lots of turning points in the play but this is the one that I feel is truly THE turning point. He could have killed him, right there …

    Of course, if he does, we are in Action Hero Hamlet and not tragedy.

    Thanks again for all the coverage! Brilliant stuff.

    1. As tomorrow’s episode will show, since nothing happens here, it’s Scene 4 that’s the true turning point of the play for me.

      And my vernacular includes “A rat!”

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