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Hamlet (1921)

Danish silent movie-star Asta Nielsen formed her own production company to make this film, in which new elements are combined with features (and a few lines) familiar from Shakespeare's ... See full summary »

Directors:

Svend Gade, Heinz Schall

Writers:

Erwin Gepard (manuscript), E. Vining (book) (as Professor Vining)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Asta Nielsen ... Hamlet
Paul Conradi Paul Conradi ... König Hamlet
Mathilde Brandt Mathilde Brandt ... Königin Gertrude
Eduard von Winterstein Eduard von Winterstein ... Claudius (as E. von Winterstein)
Heinz Stieda Heinz Stieda ... Horatio
Hans Junkermann ... Polonius
Anton De Verdier Anton De Verdier ... Laertes (as Anton de Verdier)
Lilly Jacobson ... Ophelia (as Lilly Jacobsson)
Fritz Achterberg Fritz Achterberg ... Fortinbras,
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Danish silent movie-star Asta Nielsen formed her own production company to make this film, in which new elements are combined with features (and a few lines) familiar from Shakespeare's version of the legend. The most important of these changes sees Hamlet made into a female character - a princess forced to masquerade as a man by her scheming mother; from this follows Hamlet's secret passion for Horatio and rivalry with Ophelia for his love. Queen Gertrude is here presented as conspiring in her first husband's murder, and the old king's ghost does not appear - young Hamlet merely hears a voice from the tomb and (apparently) dreams of him. In addition, Hamlet now kills Claudius (in a fire) immediately upon returning from Norway with an army led by old school- friend Fortinbras, and it falls to Gertrude to engineer Hamlet's death in the fencing match as well as kill herself by accidentally drinking the poisoned wine. Written by Mark Doran <za13@dial.pipex.com>

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

8 November 1921 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amlet See more »

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Production Co:

Art-Film GmbH See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Color:

Color (tinted)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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On 19 January 2007, the producers of the Berlin Film Festival announced that they would premiere the original color version of this movie. This version was previously thought to be lost. See more »

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Hamlet by Svend Gade and Heinz Schall, starring Asta Nielsen.
29 May 2015 | by a-cinema-historySee all my reviews

While some of the scenes of this adaptation follow Shakespeare's text, it is largely based on the 1881 book "The Mystery of Hamlet" by Edward P. Vining, who argues that a Norwegian legend from the 12th century was the inspiration for Shakespeare's play. According to this legend, Hamlet was actually a woman disguised as a man in order to become King.

This film is therefore mostly interesting for the original description of Hamlet's behaviour towards her mother, Ophelia and Horatio. The sets both indoor and outdoor are quite impressive and the acting, notably by Asta Nielsen is very natural for the period.

http://www.acinemahistory.com/2015/05/ten-best-films-of-1921.html


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