CLARK — Seniors at Arthur L. Johnson High School in Clark have begun to take part in a series of comparative film workshops. Ms. Hamilton has shown excerpts from three different versions of Shakespeare’s Hamlet to her senior students. Students have been asked to compare the speeches and interpretations of the play. Sometimes watching an actor deliver a long soliloquy helps students to better comprehend the emotion evoked by a character.
While viewing famous scenes and soliloquies, the students have been able to decide how visual elements add to our understanding of specific speeches and scenes. Each student is required to complete a film critique worksheet on which they must list the differences and similarities as well as the unique elements of each film. Some categories include: language elements, camera elements, physical elements, and tonal elements. Using the actors from these films as examples, students are able to portray characters better when performing scenes in class.
Pictured above, Kevin Quigley, Andrew Zub, and Brian Dos Santos are holding up their favorite film adaptations of Hamlet based on the content of their critiques. Quigley is holding the version in which Laurence Olivier plays Hamlet, Zub liked the Mel Gibson version, and Dos Santos felt that Kevin Kline’s interpretation was best. (Photo courtesy of Clark Public Schools)
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