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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. | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Gregory Doran 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
William Shakespeare  play

Produced by
Seb Grant .... producer
David Horn .... executive producer: Thirteen for
Bethan Jones .... executive producer: BBC
Taro Teraoka .... executive producer: NHK
Denise Wood .... executive producer: Royal Shakespeare Company
John Wyver .... producer
Original Music by
Paul Englishby 
Cinematography by
Chris Seager 
Film Editing by
Tony Cranstoun 
Casting by
Sam Jones 
Production Design by
Robert Jones 
Art Direction by
James Hendy 
Makeup Department
Charlotte Le Moignan .... assistant makeup artist
Lucybelle Thompson .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Clare Bradbury .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jennie Fava .... second assistant director
Ben Rogers .... third assistant director
Toni Staples .... first assistant director
Sound Department
Clive Derbyshire .... sound mixer
Andrew Stirk .... sound re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
Scott Peters .... special effects floor supervisor
Terry King .... fight director
Camera and Electrical Department
Brian Beaumont .... gaffer
John Ellis Evans .... focus puller
Nye Jones .... digital imaging technician
Benjamin Michael Wearing .... camera trainee
Chris Williams .... clapper loader
Editorial Department
Laura M. Kettle .... assistant editor
Jet Omoshebi .... colorist
Music Department
Bruce White .... viola
Other crew
Kate Andrews .... production runner
Ellie Kurttz .... stills photography
Ed Macdonald .... production runner
Jayne Spooner .... script supervisor (2009)
Kirsty Urquhart-Davies .... production coordinator (as Kirsty Urquhart)

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180 min

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Patrick Stewart has played Claudius before, nearly three decades before this production, opposite Derek Jacobi as Hamlet.See more »
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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Might have worked better on stage, 7 March 2011
Author: idreamedmusic from Berlin, Germany

Not having seen the stage performance, I can only comment on the DVD version. And, while having some nice touches, the filmed version just doesn't really work as it seems to be stuck between two mediums: a filmed stage production and an attempt to actually create a film version.

Some of the touches that try to exploit the film medium work, such as the CCTV footage, though only at times. It is a neat touch during the first appearance of the ghost and also when Hamlet tears down a camera to be alone during the "Rogue and Peasant Slave" soliloquy. Most other times it seemed an odd interruption used solely to break up the static visuals. Same goes for Hamlet filming the Mousetrap, which just seems like an odd choice thrown in to make it seem more film-y.

Having the characters face the camera and breaking the fourth wall sits rather uncomfortably as it isn't done with enough consistency. Implicating the viewer as a direct audience has to have a real good reason and that just isn't given in most of Hamlet's soliloquies or when other characters try to draw us in.

The acting, as well, seems to be more for the stage than for the camera and thus seems a bit over the top, such as Hamlet's histrionics and Claudius' elaborate shrug upon drinking the poisoned wine. I am sure this played better on stage. Tennant, especially, is not subtle enough most of the times, hindered by blocking that apparently comes right out of the stage production.

What I found intriguing was that it's one of the Hamlets that moves "To be or not to be..." to Act II, an interesting change that can make sense if presented correctly and it made sense here.

So, all in all, a credible take on Hamlet, but I feel the director and producers should have decided on either producing a full-scale film version or a filmed version of the stage production. As it is, it tries to straddle both mediums and falls short on either side. Branagh's 1996 version still stands as the ultimate filmed Hamlet for me.

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