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Gamlet (Hamlet) (1964)




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At least the 22nd time William Shakespeare's most famous tragedy has been brought to the screen, Kenneth Branagh's film adaptation of Hamlet was the first to preserve Shakespeare's entire text, uncut and unabridged. Moving the action into the 19th century, Branagh cast himself in the title role and, as in his adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing, assembled an eclectic group of actors that mixed veteran Shakespearean performers (including John Mills, Judi Dench, John Gielgud, and Derek Jacobi) with Hollywood stars not known for interpreting the Bard's work (among them Robin Williams, Charlton Heston, Billy Crystal, and Jack Lemmon). However, unlike most interpretations, it's the women who really carry the show, with the two best performances delivered by Kate Winslet as Ophelia and Julie Christie as Gertrude. As usual, Hamlet finds himself torn over what to do after the death of his father and his mother's hasty remarriage. Branagh's version of Hamlet was also notable on a technical level, as it was filmed in the 70-mm format for increased visual clarity and detail.more
Rating: PG-13 (sex, violence)
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
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On DVD: Oct 31, 2006
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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All Critics (6)

One of the better versions of Hamlet.

Full Review… | September 4, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Kozintsev's film is probably the most cohesive of the five [Hamlets].

Full Review… | March 10, 2007
Combustible Celluloid

Striking Soviet imagery will send chills down your spine

Full Review… | November 8, 2006
Movie Habit

Kozintsev emphasizes the imprisoning moral architecture of Elsinore, not by obvious claustrophobic visuals, but by a rich, widescreen frame and purist, black-and-white imagery...

Full Review… | November 7, 2006

Elsinore's prince, via the great Soviet director Grigory Kozintsev. A devastating, extraordinary achievement.

Full Review… | October 20, 2006
Film Threat

Full Review… | March 10, 2003
Austin Chronicle

Audience Reviews for Gamlet (Hamlet)

Perhaps the best and most captivating on-screen adaptation of Shakespeare's Hamlet. Kenneth Branagh's performance blew me away!

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