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Hamlet (2009)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama  -  23 April 2010 (USA)
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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.

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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.

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Edward Bennett understudied the role of Hamlet throughout both the Stratford-upon-Avon and London stage productions. On 8th December 2008 he played Hamlet at a few hours notice when David Tennant had to pull out due to a back injury. He continued in the role, to great acclaim, until Tennant's return on January 3rd 2009. See more »

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Words, Words, Words--in a Clarifying Context: The RSC Rules!
26 February 2013 | by (Corning, California) – See all my reviews

Clarification of a long, elaborate and often confusing tale of revenge is a must for any production of Hamlet, and on this point this Royal Shakespeare Company production can be rated as excellent; the spartan settings seem to clear the boards, giving way to the language, which is expertly managed from everyone in the cast, especially the three leads; Hamlet's madness, always a point of debate, is neatly handled by David Tennant, who veers always on the side of madness, but allows the audience to participate in his essential sanity--I loved how he was able to keep Rosencrantz and Guildenstern on edge, revealing them to be the mealy-mouthed corporate stooges that they are--not just comic figures, but dangerously loathsome in their compliance with requests from Claudius, played with chilly finesse by Patrick Stewart. One can always find a few quibbles with almost any filmed version of this classic, but I found this one edifying, entertaining, and thought-provoking--and one of the most comprehensible of film versions--without unnecessary gimmickry.


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