The Sonnet Projectis a completely crazy idea dreamed up by Ross Williams from NY Shakespeare Exchange. 154 sonnets, 154 NYC locations, 154 actors. It’s a tapestry of cinematic art that infuses the poetry of William Shakespeare into the poetry of New York City. It’s huge, it’s visceral and it’s right here.
We began this project as a continuation of our mission – getting new audiences to like Shakespeare. After raising almost $50,000 in a Kickstarter campaign we embarked on a journey – to film all of Shakespeare’s sonnets, each performed by a different actor in a carefully chosen New York City location. It began as project with a deadline – by Shakespeare’s 450th birthday (April 23rd 2014) all 154 sonnets would be assigned, filmed and released on our website and YouTube.
The Sonnet Project very quickly blossomed into something more. It became apparent that each sonnet was not simply a ‘video’ – not simply an actor standing at a monument reciting a sonnet – but a short independent film. Every single sonnet required time and effort beyond our imagining. But the finished product! Each one is expansive, narrative – a work of art.
We decided to focus on the journey rather than the destination – the Project will not be finished by April. But that’s ok. In fact, it’s more than ok because the Project has exploded into a sprawling, barely controllable, ever-growing, ever-changing tribute to Shakespeare’s art, New York City, and the artists that live here. And we love it.
Click here to read the NY Times article about the project.
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Sites about Hamlet
by William Shakespeare
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, needs to avenge his father's murder; this is complicated by the fact that the murderer is his own uncle, who has married Hamlet's mother (Gertrude). Hamlet eventually gets his revenge, but not before just about everyone dies.
Characters: Hamlet, Ophelia, Gertrude, Polonius, ghost of Hamlet's father
Keywords: Denmark, play within a play, Oedipus complex
Critical sites about Hamlet
- Certain Speculations on Hamlet, the Calendar, and Martin Luther
- "This essay takes the view that Shakespeare linked the principal events in Hamletto particular holy days, and that the play's first audiences could identify these holy days from cues in the text." Special attention is paid to the possible relationship between Hamlet and the life and theology of Martin Luther.
- Contains: Content Analysis, Historical Context, Character Analysis
- Author: Steve Sohmer
- From:Early Modern Literary Studies 2.1 (1996): 5.1-51
- Hamlet and His Problems
- "T.S. Eliot�s essay on Shakespeare�s greatest tragic character in which he coined the famous doctrine of the 'objective correlative.'"
- Contains: Character Analysis
- Author: T.S. Eliot
- From:The Sacred Wood: Essays on Poetry and Criticism 1922
- Hamlet Haven
- An online, annotated bibliography, featuring character studies and different interperative approaches.
- Contains: Plot Summary, Character Analysis, Historical Context, Content Analysis, Bibliography,
- Author: Harmonie Blankenship
- Access Restrictions:
- Hamlet's Thoughts and Antics
- Essay draft which includes a response by Juliet Fleming.
- Author: Margreta de Grazia
- From:Early Modern Culture. Issue 2 (2001)
- Leading the Gaze: From Showing to Telling in Kenneth Branagh's Henry V and Hamlet
- "Film studies have reached the conclusion that cinema merges the acts of showingand telling. This essay applies these theories to two of Kenneth Branagh's screenadaptations Henry V (1989) and Hamlet (1996). Cinematic editing can shape spaceat will, create different levels of realities, and reorganize the succession of events intime. The moves and effects of the camera, by progressively revealing the people,the set or the action, add a time dimension to space. Cinematic narration defines anitinerary of the gaze, imposing a trajectory inside Shakespeare's plays, until theplots seem to prevail over discourse."
- Contains: Content Analysis,
- Author: Sarah Hatchuel
- From:Early Modern Literary Studies 6.1 (May, 2000): 3.1-22
- Making Mother Matter: Repression, Revision, and the Stakes of 'Reading Psychoanalysis Into' Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet
- "Hamlet's peculiar bond with his mother has been the focus of numerousproductions of Shakespeare's play on stage and screen. Influenced bypsychoanalysis, filmed versions of Hamlet in particular have emphasized the desirebetween sons and mothers and, in so doing, have uncannily reproduced the play'sown Oedipalized attachment to the maternal. Following Franco Zeffirelli'smother-centered film (1990), Kenneth Branagh attempts to break with this traditionin his self-proclaimed 'non-Oedipal' Hamlet (1996). Actively positioned againstpsychoanalysis, Branagh's Hamlet avoids any representations of non-normativesexual desire, repressing the sexualized maternal body with a vengeance anddisplacing Hamlet's desire onto his surrogate father, who offers 'metal moreattractive' for this Hamlet and, as we shall see, for Branagh himself. In so doing,Branagh's adaptation actually becomes the most 'symptomatic' Hamlet film evermade, for it uses this performance as a screen both for projecting -- and forcuring--what's the matter with Branagh, namely, his Irish motherland, and hiscompromised Shakespearean credentials as a postcolonial subject."
- Author: Lehmann, Courtney, and Lisa S. Starks.
- From:Early Modern Literary Studies 6.1 (May, 2000): 2.1-24
- Multiplicity of Meaning in the Last Moments of Hamlet
- An analysis of Shakespeare's handling of the final moments of Hamlet's life. Also provided are links to responses to this paper that were written by other Shakespeare scholars, and published in later issues of Connotations.
- Author: John Russell Brown
- From:Connotations: A Journal for Critical Debate 2.1 (1992): 16-33
- 'Too Much in the (Black) Sun': Hamlet's First Soliloquy, A Kristevan View
- "It may appear to be sheer provocation to attempt a psychoanalytic reading of Shakespeare, be it Kristevan or other, in a decade placed under the rule of the New Historicism."
- Contains: Content Analysis
- Author: Anny Crunelle-Vanrigh
- From:Renaissance Forum: An Electronic Journal of Early-Modern Literary and Historical Studies Autumn 1997; vol. 2 no. 2
- Keywords: psychoanalysis
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