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Hamlet (1964)

Gamlet (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 3 May 1964 (UK)
When the king of Denmark dies suddenly, his son, crown prince Hamlet, returns home to find that his uncle Claudius has usurped the throne and married Hamlet's recently widowed mother. Then, one night, Hamlet is visited by his father's ghost who commands him to avenge his murder at the hands of Claudius.

Director:

Grigoriy Kozintsev

Writers:

Grigoriy Kozintsev (screenplay), Boris Pasternak (as B. Pasternak) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 5 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Innokentiy Smoktunovskiy ... Hamlet (as I. Smoktunovskiy)
Mikhail Nazvanov ... Claudius korol (as M. Nazvanov)
Elza Radzina ... Gertrude koroleva (as E. Radzin)
Yuriy Tolubeev ... Polonius (as Yu. Tolubeyev)
Anastasiya Vertinskaya ... Ophelia (as A. Vertinskaya)
Vladimir Erenberg ... Horatio (as V. Erenberg)
Stepan Oleksenko ... Laertes (as S. Oleksenko)
Vadim Medvedev ... Guildenstern (as V. Medvedev)
Igor Dmitriev ... Rosencrantz (as I. Dmitriyev)
Aadu Krevald Aadu Krevald ... Fortinbras (as A. Krevald)
Viktor Kolpakov ... Mogilshchik (as V. Kolpakov)
Aleksandr Chekayevskiy ... Perviy akter (as A. Chekayevsky)
Rein Aren Rein Aren ... Lucianus- vtoroy akter (as R. Aren)
Yuriy Berkun Yuriy Berkun ... Tretiy akter (as Yu. Berkun)
Ants Lauter Ants Lauter ... Svyashchennik (as A. Lauter)
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When the king of Denmark dies suddenly, his son, crown prince Hamlet, returns home to find that his uncle Claudius has usurped the throne and married Hamlet's recently widowed mother. Then, one night, Hamlet is visited by his father's ghost who commands him to avenge his murder at the hands of Claudius.

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Winner of Special Prize 1964 Venice Film Festival

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Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Trivia

It took six months to build a life-size imitation of a medieval castle for the film. The castle was built of logs and veneer, then painted and decorated to mimic the ambiance of the Shakespearian play. The main film set decoration was built in Keila-Joa village, Estonia, then part of the Soviet Union. See more »

Goofs

During the first round of fencing between Hamlet and Laertes, there is a brief shot in which they are suddenly missing their vests. This occurs two minutes before the shot where they both remove their vests, in preparation for the second round. See more »

Connections

Version of Sedam Hamleta: Episode #1.7 (1967) See more »

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A Treat for the Eyes and the Ears
6 January 2001 | by dmeltzSee all my reviews

I have to marvel at the production values in this wonderful film. Exquisite sets, lighting and costumes. Stunning location. Epic original music score by Dmitri Shostokovitsch -- the music alone is more than enough to recommend this film. Great acting by, among others, Innokenti Smoktunovsky as Hamlet. Every scene an artistically complete poem of light and sound. Oh, and if you wonder what it's like to hear Shakespeare in Russian . . . it's great! The translation is by Boris Pasternak, one of the finest poets in any language. An epic treatment of the epic story.


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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian | German | French

Release Date:

3 May 1964 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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