The Moorish general Othello is manipulated into thinking that his new wife Desdemona has been carrying on an affair with his lieutenant Michael Cassio when in reality it is all part of the scheme of a bitter ensign named Iago.
The RSC puts a modern spin on Shakespeare's Hamlet in this filmed-for-television version of their stage production. The Prince of Denmark seeks vengeance after his father is murdered and his mother marries the murderer.
Hamlet, son of the king of Denmark, is summoned home for his father's funeral and his mother's wedding to his uncle. In a supernatural episode, he discovers that his uncle, whom he hates anyway, murdered his father. In an incredibly convoluted plot--the most complicated and most interesting in all literature--he manages to (impossible to put this in exact order) feign (or perhaps not to feign) madness, murder the "prime minister," love and then unlove an innocent whom he drives to madness, plot and then unplot against the uncle, direct a play within a play, successfully conspire against the lives of two well-meaning friends, and finally take his revenge on the uncle, but only at the cost of almost every life on stage, including his own and his mother's. Written by
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It's hard to say anything about a movie like this because there isn't enough
words to give this magnificent, stylish and unique film the veneration it
unquestionably deserves. They should make this the official and only true
real Hamlet -movie because all the previous films out of the same immortal
spectacle are being overshadowed by Kenneth Branagh's "Hamlet".
It's a perfect, complete version of the play, potent, massive, earthshaking
first-class masterpiece Shakespeare would have been proud of. They've packed
over a dozen of world-famous top actors in the same film and everyone of
them is having one of the greatest performances of their career. Every
moving and charming sequence leaves behind a comprehensive sense of
The cameras embrace gracefully the enchanting coulisses. Branagh is
phenomenal in the leading role. His sharp, irresistible performance is the
only one of it's kind and will be permanently part of the glorious movie
history. Every second in this presentation is feast for the movie lover from
beginning to the very end. Branagh's version of "Hamlet" is among the ten
best motion pictures ever.
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