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Hamlet (1960)
"Hamlet, Prinz von Dänemark" (original title)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama, Mystery  |  1962 (USA)
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Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, returns home to find his father murdered and his mother remarrying the murderer, his uncle.

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Hans Caninenberg ...
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Franz Schafheitlin ...
Dieter Kirchlechner ...
Karl Michael Vogler ...
Eckart Dux ...
Rosencrantz (as Eckard Dux)
Herbert Bötticher ...
Karl Lieffen ...
Rolf Boysen ...
Michael Paryla ...
Alexander Engel ...
Adolf Gerstung ...
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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 <crow_steve@hotmail.com>

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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 »

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Laertes has a zipper down the back of his costume. See more »

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Murder, most foul.
8 August 1999 | by (L.A. CA) – See all my reviews

You'd think that the immortal words of William Shakespeaere would be able to rise above just about anything, but alas bad acting and really bad sets will drag down even the most wonderful playwright. As usual, Hamlet broods over the death of his father. In this version, Elsinore is nothing more than some pillars, stairs, and a lot of black backgrounds. The fact that it's dubbed into English from German doesn't help this production. The actors seem to be forcing the lines from their mouths, and climatic battle between Laertes and Hamlet doesn't have the punch or tension that it should have. It was great seeing this on MST, their satiric tounges ripping into the acting and sets but sparing the dialouge. By the way, we're out of ear poison.


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