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[_???
note_NN
:_:
after_IN
claiming_VBG
otherwise_RB
,_,
my_PP$
appetite_NN
was_BEDZ
indeed_RB
whetted_VBN
by_IN
kenneth_NP
branagh_NP
's_POS
hamlet_NP
to_TO
search_VB
out_RP
other_JJ
attempts_NNS
to_IN
translate_VB
shakespeare_NP
to_IN
film_NN
in_IN
hopes_NNS
of_IN
finding_VBG
a_DT
better_JJR
mousetrap_NN
._.
as_CS
it_PP
happens_VBZ
,_,
it_PP
didn't_DOD
take_VB
long_JJ
._.
]_???
is_BEZ
there_EX
a_DT
more_DT
romantic_JJ
director_NN
than_CS
franco_NP
zeffirelli_NP
?_?
known_JJ
mainly_RB
to_TO
american_JJ
audiences_NNS
as_IN
the_DT
man_NN
behind_IN
1968_CD
's_POS
romeo_NP
and_CC
juliet_NP
(_(
required_VBN
viewing_NN
for_IN
many_DT
high_JJ
schoolers_NNS
,_,
and_CC
as_CS
much_DT
as_IN
most_DT
ever_RB
learn_VB
of_IN
shakespeare_NP
)_)
,_,
he_PP
is_BEZ
also_RB
a_DT
favorite_JJ
at_IN
the_DT
metropolitan_JJ
opera_NN
,_,
where_CS
his_PP$
achingly_RB
beautiful_JJ
designs_NNS
further_RBR
the_DT
already_RB
lush_JJ
emotion_NN
of_IN
many_DT
a_DT
puccini_NP
aria_NN
._.
last_OD
year_NN
he_PP
gave_VBD
us_PP
his_PP$
beautifully_RB
realized_VBN
version_NN
of_IN
jane_NP
eyre_???
,_,
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
twin_NN
peaks_NNS
(_(
with_IN
wuthering_VBG
heights_NNS
)_)
of_IN
romantic_JJ
literature_NN
._.
it_PP
might_MD
seem_VB
peculiar_JJ
,_,
then_RB
,_,
that_CS
zeffirelli_NP
ever_RB
had_HVD
an_DT
interest_NN
in_IN
translating_VBG
hamlet_NP
for_IN
the_DT
screen_NN
._.
at_IN
first_OD
blush_NN
,_,
hamlet_NP
is_BEZ
far_RB
removed_VBN
from_IN
romance_NN
._.
the_DT
hero_NN
,_,
though_CS
a_DT
prince_NN
,_,
is_BEZ
depressed_JJ
,_,
conflicted_VBN
and_CC
confused_VBN
._.
the_DT
ostensible_JJ
love_NN
interest_NN
gets_VBZ
little_JJ
screen_NN
time_NN
,_,
and_CC
her_PP$
scenes_NNS
with_IN
her_PP$
prince_NN
are_BER
usually_RB
as_IN
an_DT
object_NN
of_IN
mockery_NN
._.
the_DT
plot_NN
is_BEZ
full_JJ
of_IN
political_JJ
intrigue_NN
and_CC
the_DT
players_NNS
are_BER
as_IN
cursed_VBD
as_CS
the_DT
house_NN
of_IN
atreus_NP
._.
it_PP
is_BEZ
zeffirelli_NN
's_POS
genius_NN
,_,
however_RB
,_,
that_CS
he_PP
is_BEZ
able_JJ
to_TO
expose_VB
the_DT
romantic_JJ
core_NN
of_IN
hamlet_NP
and_CC
give_VB
the_DT
sometimes_RB
dry_JJ
tale_NN
an_DT
emotional_JJ
embrace_NN
._.
in_IN
this_DT
italian_JJ
master_NN
's_POS
hands_NNS
,_,
romance_NN
is_BEZ
everywhere_RB
--_???
in_CD
a_NP
son_NN
's_POS
worship_NN
of_IN
his_PP$
father_NN
,_,
in_IN
the_DT
bonds_NNS
of_IN
deepest_JJS
friendship_NN
,_,
in_IN
the_DT
private_JJ
thoughts_NNS
of_IN
young_JJ
lovers_NNS
,_,
even_RB
in_IN
the_DT
mystery_NN
of_IN
castles_NNS
by_IN
the_DT
sea_NN
._.
after_IN
all_PDT
,_,
the_DT
story_NN
hinges_VBZ
on_IN
a_DT
ghost_NN
,_,
and_CC
what_WDT
could_MD
be_BE
more_DT
romantic_JJ
than_CS
that_DT
?_?
what_WDT
seemed_VBD
like_IN
a_DT
cheap_JJ
way_NN
to_IN
sell_VB
tickets_NNS
at_IN
the_DT
time_NN
turned_VBD
out_RP
to_IN
be_BE
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
most_DT
romantic_JJ
gestures_NNS
of_IN
all_PDT
,_,
namely_RB
,_,
hiring_VBG
then-reigning_NN
hollywood_NP
hunk_???
mel_NP
gibson_NP
to_IN
play_NN
the_DT
lead_NN
._.
who_WP
could_MD
believe_VB
that_DT
the_DT
man_NN
who_WP
made_VBD
his_PP$
mark_NN
playing_VBG
mad_JJ
max_NP
and_CC
a_DT
"_"
lethal_JJ
weapon_NN
"_"
(_(
in_IN
the_DT
series_NN
of_IN
the_DT
same_DT
name_NN
)_)
would_MD
have_HV
the_DT
skill_NN
to_IN
succeed_VB
in_IN
the_DT
most_DT
famous_JJ
role_NN
in_IN
the_DT
english_JJ
language_NN
?_?
franco_NP
zeffirelli_NN
,_,
that_CS
's_BEZ
who_NP
._.
and_CC
it_PP
is_BEZ
apparent_JJ
in_IN
every_DT
frame_NN
that_CS
his_PP$
instinct_NN
was_BEDZ
right_JJ
on_IN
the_DT
money_NN
._.
what_WDT
gibson_NP
brings_VBZ
to_IN
the_DT
role_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
naturalness_NN
and_CC
ease_NN
which_WDT
makes_VBZ
the_DT
whole_JJ
story_NN
meaningful_JJ
,_,
not_XNOT
to_TO
mention_VB
comprehensible_JJ
._.
his_PP$
line_NN
readings_NNS
sound_NN
spontaneous_JJ
rather_RB
than_CS
rehearsed_JJ
._.
his_PP$
movements_NNS
and_CC
gestures_NNS
(_(
excepting_IN
his_PP$
sometimes_RB
too_RB
active_JJ
eyes_NNS
)_)
are_BER
totally_RB
in_IN
keeping_VBG
with_IN
the_DT
character_NN
._.
this_DT
is_BEZ
a_DT
hamlet_NP
whose_WP$
pain_NN
we_PP
feel_VB
,_,
whose_WP$
struggle_NN
we_PP
empathize_VB
with_IN
,_,
and_CC
whose_WP$
death_NN
we_PP
mourn_VB
as_CS
sincerely_RB
as_CS
horatio_NP
at_IN
film_NN
's_POS
end_NN
._.
glenn_NP
close_JJ
,_,
the_DT
other_JJ
big_JJ
name_NN
in_IN
the_DT
production_NN
,_,
also_RB
does_DOZ
well_JJ
by_IN
the_DT
script_NN
and_CC
satisfies_VBZ
as_CS
hamlet_NP
's_POS
mother_NN
,_,
gertrude_NP
--_???
though_CS
i_CD
must_NN
confess_VB
i'm_???
still_JJ
trying_JJ
to_IN
understand_VB
the_DT
character_NN
as_IN
written_JJ
._.
(_(
zeffirelli_NP
's_POS
incestuous_JJ
interpretation_NN
of_IN
hamlet_NP
's_POS
relationship_NN
with_IN
his_PP$
mother_NN
doesn't_DOZ
help_VB
._.
)_)
alan_NP
bates_NP
makes_VBZ
a_DT
believably_RB
evil_JJ
claudius_NP
without_IN
resorting_VBG
to_IN
the_DT
mannerisms_NNS
of_IN
a_DT
hollywood_NP
heavy_JJ
._.
by_IN
and_CC
large_JJ
the_DT
rest_NN
of_IN
the_DT
cast_NN
performs_VBZ
admirably_RB
and_CC
comfortably_RB
._.
of_IN
special_JJ
note_NN
are_BER
the_DT
cinematography_NN
by_IN
david_NP
watkin_NP
and_CC
the_DT
score_NN
by_IN
ennio_NP
morricone_NN
._.
both_RB
support_NN
the_DT
realistic_JJ
mood_NN
marvelously_RB
(_(
as_CS
do_DO
the_DT
sets_NNS
and_CC
costumes_NNS
)_)
,_,
without_IN
any_DT
overstated_VBN
effects_NNS
that_CS
declare_VB
"_"
this_DT
is_BEZ
important_JJ
;_;
this_DT
is_BEZ
shakespeare_NP
!_!
"_"
i_PP
particularly_RB
appreciate_VB
that_CS
the_DT
words_NNS
are_BER
often_RB
spoken_VBN
without_IN
any_DT
music_NN
at_IN
all_PDT
:_:
the_DT
melody_NN
of_IN
a_DT
wonderfully_RB
wrought_JJ
phrase_NN
is_BEZ
given_VBN
its_PP$
due_JJ
._.
perhaps_RB
it_PP
is_BEZ
difficult_JJ
to_TO
call_VB
edited_JJ
shakespeare_NP
"_"
definitive_JJ
._.
"_"
and_CC
there_EX
are_BER
certainly_RB
quite_RB
a_DT
few_DT
other_JJ
filmed_JJ
versions_NNS
of_IN
hamlet_NP
that_CS
i_PP
have_HV
not_XNOT
seen_VBN
._.
but_CC
if_CS
you've_???
ever_RB
felt_VBN
the_DT
urge_NN
to_IN
overcome_JJ
your_PP$
fear_NN
of_IN
the_DT
bard_NN
,_,
this_DT
hamlet_NP
is_BEZ
an_DT
excellent_JJ
place_NN
to_IN
start_NN
._.