In the Bleak Midwinter (A Midwinter's Tale) (1996)
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as Nina Raymond (Ophelia)
as Henry Wakefield (Claudius the Ghost and the Player
as Tom Newman (Laertes Fortinbras and messengers)
as Margaretta D'Arcy
as Nancy Crawford
as Carnforth Grevilly
as Terry Du Bois (Queen Gertrude)
as Joe Harper (Hamlet)
as Vernon Spatch (Polonius Marcellus and First Gravedi
as Mule Train Man
as Tap Dancer
Critic Reviews for In the Bleak Midwinter (A Midwinter's Tale)
This small-scale, putatively comic meditation on the anxieties and joys of the theatrical life says nothing fresh about the artistic process and manages to be coy and grating in doing so.
A Midwinter's Tale" packs together so many characters and ideas that they crowd one another out, leaving enough room for plenty of chuckles but none for belly laughs.
Looked at coldly, as a piece of entertainment, it clearly doesn't satisfy. But as a personal statement from writer-director Kenneth Branagh, the film still isn't good . . . but it's interesting.
[An] inoffensive trifle.
Audience Reviews for In the Bleak Midwinter (A Midwinter's Tale)
A brilliant comedic look into the lives of a rag tag group of actors stumbling upon the shakespearian stage. Featuring the directing talent of Kenneth Branagh, quick one liners, and possibly the most awkward audition scene in cinema (besides Waiting For Guffman of course).
Unusual comedy of pathetic English characters producing a bizarre terribly arty version of Hamlet. Quite amusing!
Kenny Branagh's film is flawed, the timing and pitch are off, but it's on my favorites list. I attribute this mostly to its purpose as a trip down memory lane for a particularly tragi-comedy turning point in my life. I was a few years done with having lived this film, and my old-school best friend Michael Maloney stars in this. He also informed me that there a couple of moments and a few smatterings of character traits which were based on me but refuses to divulge which ones. The bitch. Definitely for those of us who dedicated years to Shakespeare and the boards.
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