This is my first post, in a series of five I plan to do, regarding the music used in film adaptations of Hamlet.
I took Professor Burton's advice and decided to actually walk to the library(I know, how brave of me!) to check out some of their books on music and Shakespeare. One book, which I have found very useful as of late, is Kendra Preston Leonard's Shakespeare, Madness, and Music. The book talks about the use of music in some of the most popular Shakespearean movie adaptations ever made. Here is a link to a book description of Leonard's work, Shakespeare, Madness, and Music. I would now like to talk about the music used in a movie adaptation of Shakespeare's Hamlet as mentioned in Leonard's book.
Here is an exert from Olivier's film in which music is an important dynamic in setting a specific mood.
Leonard's book talks about five specific movie adaptations of Hamlet and the music they use. I plan to highlight the music used in each Hamlet interpretation mentioned in the book.