Archive | July 15, 2019

Middelboe Chronicles, Part 5: Hamlet

Following Macbeth with another tale of a murderous, usurping king and his comeuppance: an especially beautiful, every-frame-a-painting Hamlet (1992), likewise from “Shakespeare: The Animated Tales.”

It begins, like both Olivier’s and Kozintsev’s versions, with waves crashing on the rocks below Elsinore; but the ghost is clearly based quite directly on the Kozintsev ghost – not surprising, given how many artists involved with these projects are Russians, for whom Kozintsev’s work is presumably more familiar than it is to many in the Anglophone audience. (If you get a chance to see the Kozintsev versions of Hamlet and Lear, don’t miss them!)

SciFi SongFest, Songs 30-31

Once again, two non-Bowie songs, but the first one counts as Bowie because I’m also including Bowie’s cover of it:

30. Beatles, “Across the Universe” (1970):

Bowie’s 1975 cover version:

31. Bart Howard (author) and Kaye Ballard (vocals), “Fly Me to the Moon” [a.k.a. “In Other Words”] (1954):

While Kaye Ballard’s version of this song was the first one recorded, the best known version is of course Frank Sinatra’s from 1964:

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