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[[Performer~P164802~Shakespeare~joanshakespeare]]'s 17th century masterpiece about the "Melancholy Dane" was given one of its best screen treatments by Soviet director [[Performer~P118858~Grigori Kozintsev~grigorikozintsev]]. Kozintsev's Elsinore was a real castle in Estonia, utilized metaphorically as the "stone prison" of the mind wherein Hamlet must confine himself in order to avenge his father's death. Hamlet himself is portrayed (by [[Performer~P66625~Innokenti Smoktunovsky~innokentysmoktunovsky]]) as the sole sensitive intellectual in a world made up of debauchers and revellers. Several of Kozintsev directorial choices seem deliberately calculated to inflame the purists: Hamlet's delivers his "To be or not to be" soliloquy with his back to the camera, allowing the audience to fill in its own interpretations. Rarely seen in the US, this [[Feature~V136644~Hamlet~hamlet]] (or Gamlet, as it was known in Russia) is not always successful, but is certainly more innovative -- and lively -- than Olivier's wildly overpraised 1948 version. Director Grigori Kozintsev would follow [[Feature~V136644~Hamlet~hamlet]] with an equally radical adaptation of [[Feature~V177676~King Lear~kinglear]] in 1970. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Venice International Film Festival Grigori Kozintsev Special Jury Prize 1964 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Grigori Kozintsev Best Film - Any Source 1965 Nominee

Cast

Innokenty Smoktunovsky
as Hamlet
Mikhail Nazvanov
as King
Yuri Tolubeyev
as Polonius
Anastasia Vertinskaya
as Ophelia
Vadim Medvedev
as Guildenstern

Crew

Grigori Kozintsev
Director
Grigori Kozintsev
Screenwriter
William Shakespeare
Play Author
Yevgeni Enei
Art Director
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