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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.

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Grigoriy Kozintsev
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Innokentiy Smoktunovskiy ... Hamlet
Mikhail Nazvanov ... King Claudius
Elza Radzina ... Queen Gertrude (as Elsa Radzina-Szolkonis)
Yuriy Tolubeev ... Polonius
Anastasiya Vertinskaya ... Ophelia
Vadim Medvedev ... Guildenstern
Vladimir Erenberg ... Horatio
Stepan Oleksenko ... Laertes
Igor Dmitriev ... Rosencrantz
Grigoriy Gay ... (as Grigori Gaj)
Rein Aren Rein Aren ... Second Player
A. Krevalid A. Krevalid ... Fortinbras
Yuriy Berkun Yuriy Berkun ... Third Player
Ants Lauter Ants Lauter ... Priest
Viktor Kolpakov ... Gravedigger
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Storyline

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

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Soviet Union

Language:

Russian | German | French

Release Date:

3 May 1964 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Hamlet See more »

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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Most of the filming took place in Keila-Joa village, Estonia. However, some scenes were filmed at the Lenfilm Studios in Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg). Dubbing and post-production was done entirely at the Lenfilm Studios in Leningrad (Saint Petersburg) where Dmitri Shostakovich supervised the symphony orchestra recording his score. See more »

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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 »

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A great film now on DVD
1 June 2005 | by hamletmachinSee all my reviews

I share the previous reviewer's high estimation of this wonderful film. It is a highly political and imaginative interpretation of Hamlet, making Hamlet a man of action who is nevertheless alienated at court. The opening sequence is a stunning interpretation of Hamlet's view that the time is out of joint--Hamlet rushes back to court on horseback even as the flags of mourning are being unfurled. Claudius's speech is delivered by a herald and then translated by ambassadors. When we get to Claudius giving the rest of it to his court, it's not clear how much time, if any, has passed. nor is it clear who is in command (who is giving the orders that the flags be unfurled, cannons fired, the proclamation read, and so on). When Claudius finally addresses Hamlet aft the camera tracks him moving right down the table of courtiers, Hamlet's chair is empty. the opening sequence also moves from open external spaces ( a shot of the sea, a long shot of the land, and moves to increasingly shut in , interior spaces (the castle gates drop as the music gets ominous) to suggest that Denmark is indeed a prison. Visually and musically the film is very rich. I would rank this as the best of the filmed Hamlets.


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