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Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead
Tom Stoppard's play "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead" is the most famous modern example of a tour de force in which the action in "Hamlet" is viewed through the eyes of two of the bit players, Hamlet's college friends, who accompany him on his trip to England. We know "Hamlet" is about Hamlet. They think it's about Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. There's an old joke about the actor who is hired to play the gravedigger in "Hamlet. As a play, "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern" is fascinating; we use our knowledge of "Hamlet" to piece together the half-glimpsed, incomplete actions of the major players, whose famous scenes we see a line or a moment at a time. As a movie, this material, freely adapted by Stoppard, is boring and endless. It lies flat on the screen, hardly stirring.
The play remains to some extent a product of its time: a standout from a stretch of the s when the stage was dominated by British dramatists and arty absurdism. The movie too seems like an artifact. The provocative radicalism of the original was rendered as something staid, tasteful… almost normal. The two play word games and flip a coin—which keeps landing on the same side, improbably—but their main preoccupation is philosophical musings on the nature of their reality. Stoppard started working on this idea of side-stage Shakespeare early in his playwriting career, and presented a fairly full version of the play in at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead is a comedy-drama film written and directed by The film stars Gary Oldman as Rosencrantz and Tim Roth as Guildenstern, although a running theme throughout has many characters, themselves.
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Like the play, the film depicts two minor characters from William Shakespeare 's play Hamlet , Rosencrantz and Guildenstern , who find themselves on the road to Elsinore Castle at the behest of the King of Denmark. They encounter a band of players before arriving to find that they are needed to try to discern what troubles the prince Hamlet. Meanwhile, they ponder the meaning of their existence. The film stars Gary Oldman as Rosencrantz and Tim Roth as Guildenstern,   although a running theme throughout has many characters, themselves included, uncertain as to which is which. This was Stoppard's first and, to date, only film as a director.