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Film How Has Kenneth Branagh Interpreted Act 2 Scene 3 Of Shakespeare?S Much Ado About Nothing?

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Kenneth Branagh sets his film at the Villa Vignamaggio in the hills of Tuscany, where it is constantly sunny. The villa is in the middle of luscious green hills. Branagh has decided to set his version of Much ado about nothing in Italy, instead of where Shakespeare set his play, Spain. They are all dressed casually in peasant costumes--the ladies all in white, the gentleman in off-white and earth tones--to intensify this bucolic and innocent interpretation of the play. Branagh's characters are, happy, but their naïveté makes them vulnerable to deception.The Garden scene starts cheerful and relaxing music is played which helps the audience get to feel Branagh?s tone. His interpretation is one of happiness, love and joy. This is re-enforced by the beautiful flowers and the green grass. At the start of the scene, the sun is shining as we get a shot of the hedges in the garden. This is a harmonious scene compared to the last scene where we saw a close up of Don John with an evil face and dramatic sounds. However, as soon as this scene starts a flute plays in the background a soft noise. The act moves to the happy deception of Benedick and Beatrice, which Branagh compacts into one scene to make a greater dramatic impact.The audience then see Benedick talking to himself. Branagh uses a soliloquy which is a Shakespearian technique when a character expresses his/her feelings out aloud so that the audience may hear and understand what is going on in Benedick?s mind. He starts to talk about his ideal woman and what qualities she needs to have if he were to love her. He is arguing to himself, changing his tone of his voice to suit the conversation. He speaks of Claudio, and how he is now a wimp because he has fallen in love with Hero. As he talks to himself we hear:?He shall never make me such a fool?He is referring to love and people on love as fools, however the audience know what is about to happen to Benedick, he is going to be fooled so he will fall in love. This is dramatic irony. While he is speaking, you can hear birds in the background and the water feature behind him. All this is diagetic music.Branagh?s interpretation is one of comedy. This is well expressed in this scene as Benedick has a fold up chair which after numerous attempts, he still cannot put it up. Branagh may have done this to add comedy, to show Benedick?s frustrations and it could even symbolise his love life and his inability to do anything right. Another example of comedy is when Benedick?s friends decide to play a joke on him and try to make him and Beatrice fall in love. While Benedick is in the garden, he hears Don Pedro, Claudio, and Leonato approaching. They even see him and a camera is positioned through Benedick?s eyes, a point of view shot. The audience get a clear shot of Don Pedro looking straight at Benedick, so they can tell that Benedick isn?t very aware. The camera is tracking back and Don Pedro asks if they have seen where Benedick has hid himself. Just...

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