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Nicol Williamson takes the lead role in this star-studded 1969 version of William Shakespeare's tragedy. Prince Hamlet mourns both his father's death and his mother's remarriage to Claudius. When the ghost of Hamlet's father appears to him and tells him that Claudius has poisoned him, Hamlet swears revenge. Written by Anonymous

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Extra lines, made to sound like Elizabethan English, were actually added to this version because the order of two crucial scenes was reversed and this could not have been done with the play as written. Director Tony Richardson places Hamlet's taunting of Polonius after the "get thee to a nunnery" scene with Ophelia rather than several scenes before. See more »

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At c. 147 minutes Gertrude's fillings, obviously the result of C20th dentistry, can be seen clearly. See more »

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The names of the film's cast and the names of the characters they play are recited by an offscreen voice rather than shown on the screen, in the manner of 'Francois Truffaut's "Fahrenheit 451". See more »

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Not an ideal introduction to the play.
24 November 2002 | by (Isle of Wight, England) – See all my reviews

Tony Richardson's Hamlet is based on his own stage production. As a filmed record of a production originally designed for the stage it is not an ideal introduction for those new to the text. However for those familiar with the text or who have Hamlet on stage or screen before, this is an excellent interpretation.

Filmed entirely within the Roundhouse in London (a disused train shed) it is shot almost entirely in close up, focusing the attention on faces and language rather than action. Nicol Williamson is a brilliant and idiosyncratic prince, a puritanical intellectual at odds with the sensuality of the new Danish court. Brilliant support from Anthony Hopkins in an early screen role, and veteran of Powell and Pressburger films Roger Livesy brings great humanity to the twin roles of travelling actor and the gravedigger.

Not one for the beginner to Shakespeare but if you're already a fan this is an essential film to track down and see.


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