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4.0 out of 5 stars surrealistic bard, 29 May 2010
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This review is from: Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead:Korean All Region Import [ntsc] (DVD)
"Rosencranz and Guilderstern are dead" is the film Tom Stoppard made from his own post modernist version of Hamlet - one where two minor characters (so minor that many directors just erase them) get the centre of the stage, and don't know what to do once there. The text pokes fun at more than one thing: at classical drama, at absurdist plays (R and G are a bit like de-lux Vladimir and Extragon in "Waiting for Godot"), at modern philosophy. In the film version, you have the extra bonus of Gary Oldman (before Dracula) and Tim Roth as the protagonists, two men who are so thick they don't even recognize their own death when they see it on stage in the "play within the play", which is, by the way, the best scene in the film, giving you a kind of vertigo. And let us not forget Richard Dreyfuss as the travelling actor - brilliant. To sum up,the play is very good, the film version very funny - that is, unless you are allergic to "po-mo" and its games. As for the dvd ("korean import all regions"), the only subtitles are in Dutch, and sometimes they are invisible, black print on black screen. But I had been waiting to get the film in dvd for ages, so that's fine anyway.
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