Hamlet returns to his remarkably minimalistic palace in Denmark and finds out his father is dead and his uncle Claudius has married his mother Gertrude. His father's ghost appears, and tells Hamlet to avenge him forthwith. Hamlet stages a play to confirm Claudius' guilt and his mother's compliance, but then inadvertently kills his girlfriend Ophelia's father, Polonius. This drives her insane, while her brother Laertes sets out to avenge his father's death. In a climactic swordfight, Claudius tries to poison Hamlet with Laertes' sword and a poisoned cup. Gertrude takes the poison cup out of guilt, while Hamlet realizes Laertes' sword is poisoned... Written by
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Most of the cast, including Maximilian Schell
and Karl Michael Vogler
, had been involved in the Munich August Festival production of the play, in 1960, which interpreted Hamlet as a political idealist fighting a crooked dictator (Claudius), echoing the country's recent struggle with Nazism. The film was well-received in Germany but received only limited release in America due to technical problems and trouble finding a distributor. See more
Laertes has a zipper down the back of his costume. See more
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