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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

Certificate:

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

Considered by John Gielgud and Kenneth Branagh to be the definitive screen adaptation of the play according to a New York Times profile of lead actor Smoktunovsky. 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 »

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Version of Hamlet (1914) See more »

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A revelation...
22 October 2001 | by MusidoraSee all my reviews

Wow! What a film! I saw it recently with three friends at Chicago's Facets Cinematheque, and we were collectively stunned by this film. On at least three occasions, it took my breath away--the ghost on the ramparts sequence, the play within the play sequence, and Ophelia's mad sequence were just incredibly wrought. I can't say enough about this film.


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