Universität Basel, Englisches Seminar
Proseminar: Literature and Culture Studies summer term 2002


Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
film programme

videos will be shown at Deutsches Seminar, Filmkeller ("

Mondays, 6.15 pm

Entrance fee: SFr. 2.-


editions - Shakespeare dictionaries - reading Hamlet (study questions and quizzes) - Inszenierung von Stefan Bachmann im neuen Schauspielhaus - links - questions

course programme
film programme





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

Taylor, Neil. "The Films of Hamlet" (course pack p. 111f)

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
Taylor, Neil. "The Films of Hamlet" (course pack p. 107f)

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

Taylor, Neil. "The Films of Hamlet" (course pack p. 109f)

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.)

Taylor, Neil. "The Films of Hamlet" (course pack p. 110f)

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)
Taylor, Neil. "The Films of Hamlet" (course pack p. 112f)

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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