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In his movie Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Undead, centuries of vampiric Some tracks have anticlimactic endings; they feel a bit cut off. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are characters in William Shakespeare's tragedy Hamlet. ship is attacked by pirates, Hamlet returns to Denmark, leaving Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to die; Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead is a American independent film written and The film was shot in New York City at the end of , using the Red Digital Cinema Camera (also known as The Red One), an ultra-high- definition.
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern play W. Gilbert 's play is a comedy in which Rosencrantz plots with his friend Guildenstern to get rid of Hamlet, so that Rosencrantz can marry Ophelia. They discover that Claudius has written a play. The king's literary work is so embarrassingly bad that Claudius has decreed that anyone who mentions it must be executed.
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They obtain the manuscript and convince Hamlet to perform it. When he does, Claudius decrees that he must die, but is eventually persuaded to banish him to England. Rosencrantz and Ophelia can now be together. The play is primarily a comedy, but they often stumble upon deep philosophical truths through their nonsensical ramblings.
In the movie, Rosencrantz invents the sandwichand discovers gravity and volume displacementamong other things. The characters depart from their epiphanies as quickly as they come to them.
At times, one appears more enlightened than the other—but they trade this enlightenment back and forth throughout the drama. Incelebrated British playwright Tom Stoppard took two minor characters from Act II and extrapolated out an entire backstory, creating the brilliant Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. Now, nearly 40 years later, indie filmmaker Jordan Galland has used that work and his own fevered imagination as a means of reinventing his own unique take on Shakespeare.
In the slyly titled Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Undead, the multitalented artist wraps a weird play within a film conceit into the hilarious story of an unfocused loser and unapologetic ladies man forced to get off the couch in his father's medical office and direct an unusual off-Broadway production. Turns out, the eccentric interpretation of Hamlet has been written by one Theo Horace, a real life vampire looking to hide his crimes behind the roar of the greasepaint.
For aforementioned slacker Julian Marsh, it's a way to get his domineering dad off his back. It's also a chance to impress and hopefully win back his ex-girlfriend Anna.
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Of course, our natty neckbiter has other ideas about the goal of his work. The mysterious Horace might not just be a creature of the night, but part of some surreal cosmic plot. The unhinged story he's concocted, one that deals with the characters from Hamlet, blood drinking, The Holy Grail, and a four play "Shakespiracy", may actually contain a kernel or two of truth.
Even worse, he intends to draw Marsh, his best buddy Vince, and the various actors and ancillary participants into what is rapidly becoming a crackpot confederacy of secret societies, shady businessmen, and corpses. If it sounds like the interlocking ideas in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Undead are hard to describe, you'd be right. This assembly of literary homages, manufactured mythos, geek speak comedy, and quirky character study stands out because it is so jam packed full on interesting concepts.
From the use of vampires in a terrific, non-Twilight manner to the whole playwriting cabal, Galland give the audience more than enough to chew on. He then ups the ante by providing individuals we can identify with, relationships we can root for, set-ups that demand and receive pay-off, and more than enough laughs to put many a proposed big screen comedy to shame. In fact, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Undead is probably one of the best outsider satires ever.
It all comes down to the true test of humor - timing - and this film is loaded with it.