Sh:in:E - Shakespeare in Europe


Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
film programme

videos will be shown at Deutsches Seminar, Filmkeller, ("
Mondays 6.15 pm

Entrance fee: SFr 2.-






8 April

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark (1980) (BBC, TV) dir. Rodney Bennett. With: Derek Jacobi, Claire Bloom, Patrick Stewart [http://us.imdb.com/Title?0080835]

216 min. (3 h.36 min.) Language: English


15 April

Hamlet (UK, 1948) dir. Laurence Olivier. With Laurence Olivier as Hamlet. Music: William Walton [http://us.imdb.com/Title?0040416]
Language: English
155 min. (2. 35 min.)

Leonard Maltin Review (****)
Brilliant adaptation of Shakespeare's play about Danish prince "who just couldn't make up his mind." Hauntingly photographed in Elsinore, Denmark. Won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Actor (Olivier), Art Direction-Set Decoration and Costumes.
other reviews
Dirk Jasper Filmlexikon

22 April

Hamlet silent m. (Germany, 1920/1921) dir. Sven Gade and Heinz Schall. With Asta Nielsen as Hamlet. [http://us.imdb.com/Title?0012249]
Language: German subtitles
123 min. (2. h. 3 min.)

Hamlet on the Ramparts: Asta Nielson (commentary, video stills)

29 April

Gamlet (USSR, 1964) dir. Grigori Kozintsev. Music: Shostakovich [http://us.imdb.com/Title?0058126]
Language: Russian
140 min. (2 h. 20 min.)

review by Eleanor Rowe

6 May

Hamlet (UK, 1969) dir. Tony Richardson. With Nicol Williamson, Anthony Hopkins, Marianne Faithful. [http://us.imdb.com/Title?0064400]
Language: English
114 min. (1 h. 54 min.)


13 May

Hamlet (UK, USA, F; Spain 1990) Franco Zeffirelli. With Mel Gibson, Glenn Close, Alan Bates, Paul Scofield, Ian Holm, Helena Bonham Carter [http://us.imdb.com/Title?0099726]
Language: English
130 min. (2 h.10 min.)

Leonard Maltin Review (***)
Agreeable re-do of the Shakespeare staple with Gibson giving an energetic interpretation of the Melancholy Dane. In fact, Mel comes off better than co-star Close (Gertrude); Bates, as Claudius, is the standout in the stellar cast...
review (R. Ebert, Sunday Times 1991)

date not yet decided

Hamlet. (UK, 1992) dir. Kenneth Branagh. With Kenneth Branagh, Julie Christie, Richard Briers. [http://us.imdb.com/Title?0116477]
Language: English
242 min. (4 h. 2 min.)

review by R. Ebert

27 May

Hamlet (USA, 2000/I) (play) dir. Michael Almereyda. With Ethan Hawke as Hamlet. Modern adaptation. [http://us.imdb.com/Title?0171359]
Language: English
112 min. (1h. 52 min.)

Almeryda, Michael: "Hooking Up Hamlet" (article first published in New York Times
Review by Ann Thompson
other reviews

3 June

Hamlet (1976) dir. Celestino Coronada with Helen Mirren, Anthony and David Meyer as Hamlets. ("The Naked Hamlet") [http://us.imdb.com/Title?0074603]
Language: English
(65 min)
STAR TREK, episode 13 : The Conscience of a King (with William Shatner) Plot based on Hamlet, w. an "Arcturian Macbeth" with faux Shakespearean dialog
Language: English
(ca. 60 min.)


10 June

To be or not to be comedy, (USA, 1942) dir. Ernst Lubitsch. With: Carole Lombard and Jack Benny
Language: English
99 min. (1h. 39 min.)


17 June

The Bad Sleep Well / Warui yatsu hodo yoku nemuru (Japan, 1960) dir. Akira Kurosawa. (free adaptation)
Language: Japanese, English subtitles
151 min. (2h. 31 min.)

Review by Gary Morris

24 June

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (UK, USA 1990) dir. Tom Stoppard. With Gary Oldman, Tim Roth. [http://us.imdb.com/Title?0100519]
Language: English
117 min. (1 h. 57 min.)


1 July

Hamlet liikemaailmassa / Hamlet goes Business (Finnland, 1987) dir. Aki Kaurismäki [http://us.imdb.com/Title?0093139]
Language: Finnish, English subtitles
86 min. (1. 26 min.)




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