Hamlet Act 3, Scene 1 soliloquy (“To be or not to be”)

This is Brannagh doing the Act 3 Scene 1 “to be or not to be” soliloquy from Hamlet. There’s someone hidden behind the mirror, I think (it’s a two-way mirror). Brannagh is usually an unbelievable ham but he actually tones it down a little for this one, so it’s not that bad:

 

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5 Responses to Hamlet Act 3, Scene 1 soliloquy (“To be or not to be”)

  1. This is an interesting interpretation of the scene, the use of the mirror being symbolic of introspection and transporting Hamlet’s reflectiveness to a literal reflection of himself.

    I haven’t seen this adaptation of the play for a while; perhaps a second viewing is overdue.

    • Kip says:

      I *believe* that Polonius is hiding behind the mirror in this scene (it’s a one-way mirror) and hears the whole thing. Don’t quote me on it, though. This is Brannagh’s Hamlet, from the ’90s, he’s a bit of a ham, but it’s quite a stunning adaptation — although, note that it is faithful, and thus something like eight hours long (take a break!).

    • Kip says:

      P.S. And bless you for a non-spam thoughtful comment. Drop by anytime!

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