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The Rest Is Silence (1959)

Der Rest ist Schweigen (original title)
An interpretation of Hamlet finds the heir Claudius Steel Works struggling with his mother's to uncle Van Eyk in a sterile industrial post-WW2 West Germany.


Helmut Käutner


Helmut Käutner (screenplay), William Shakespeare (play)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hardy Krüger ... John H. Claudius
Peter van Eyck ... Generaldirektor Paul Claudius
Ingrid Andree ... Fee von Pohl
Adelheid Seeck Adelheid Seeck ... Gertrud Claudius
Rudolf Forster ... Sanitätsrat Dr. Max von Pohl
Boy Gobert Boy Gobert ... Mike R. Krantz
Rainer Penkert Rainer Penkert ... Major Horace
Heinz Drache ... Herbert von Pohl
Charles Regnier Charles Regnier ... Kriminalrat Fortner
Siegfried Schürenberg Siegfried Schürenberg ... Johannes Claudius
Richard Allan Richard Allan ... Stanley Goulden
Josef Sieber Josef Sieber ... Werks-Pförtner
Robert Meyn Robert Meyn ... Dr. Voltman
Erwin Linder Erwin Linder ... Direktor Cornelius
Werner Schumacher Werner Schumacher ... Werks-Fahrer


An interpretation of Hamlet finds the heir Claudius Steel Works struggling with his mother's to uncle Van Eyk in a sterile industrial post-WW2 West Germany.

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Crime | Drama


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West Germany


German | English

Release Date:

22 July 1959 (West Germany) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Loosely based on Shalespeare's "Hamlet." See more »


Version of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark (1997) See more »

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Shakespeare and the Economic miracle.
3 March 2012 | by MozjoukineSee all my reviews

English speaking Kruger, back from the U.S. to claim the Claudius Steel Works, his dead father made him sole heir to, drives through the back projected post war industrial German landscape to the house where mum has married uncle Van Eyk. Hardy is more willing to take the hand of the Ophelia character's ex-Nazi brother than uncle Peter Van or embrace the mother he hasn't seen for 20yr.

With his U.S. official mate, Hardy watches the wide screen Nazi era coverage and offs 70 year old Forster. His daughter, who compares the death of a cut flower to murder, goes bonkers, while Peter Van recruits her brother but all the plotting is to no avail.

The sterile industrial world, where German industry collaborates with the US on the then new H Bomb, never delivers the significance they want it to have. The psychiatry theme is marginally better. "'Gluck' is not a medical term."

Kaütner, the leading German, if not European, film maker of the forties and fifties, back from Hollywood, is on top of his game with every gesture, edit, element of the decor and choice of angle having purpose. Trouble is his "Hamlet" plot never recovers from the feebleness of Forster's death, with the rapid wind up total anti-climax.

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