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The Fifteen Minute Hamlet (1995)

| Comedy, Short
Shakespeare films Hamlet on a single reel then, after an initial screening, edits it down to the bare bones.

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Ernest Perry Jr. ...
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Bernardo / Horatio / Laertes (as Philip S. Hoffman)
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A tongue-in-cheek take on the film industry as if it existed in Elizabethan times. Director William Shakespeare shoots "Hamlet" in one reel, seemingly in one continuous take. When he screens this silly but accurate 15-minute version to a studio boss, he's told he needs to trim it down to make it more commercial. He begrudgingly does so, with surprising results...from the audience and himself. Written by Kevin Gillease <gillease@hotmail.com>

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A bona fide classic. Austin Pendleton is brilliant.
11 November 1998 | by (Jamaica, NY) – See all my reviews

It's like watching a live performance of the Cliff Notes from Hamlet, only with a sense of humor. All the actors do a wonderful job and the film is a laugh riot from beginning to end. Highest marks!


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