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Film Productions of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet

1. Laurence Olivier’s version of Hamlet, which is performed by himself, Jean Simmons, Felix Aylmer, and Peter Cushing and shown on 1948. This version of Hamlet got 7 nomination, 4 wins, including Best Picture and Best Actor in the Academy Awards. One of the most interesting about this film is that the film uses voiceovers for Hamlet’s soliloquies instead of having the actor speak his lines aloud.

Laurence Olivier as Hamlet with the Yorick (skull)

Horatio and company’s meeting with the spirit

Jean Simmons as Ophelia with Laurence Olivier in Hamlet

2. Hamlet as directed by Kenneth Branagh and performed by himself, Julie Christie, Derek Jacobi, and Kate Winslet on 1996. Kenneth Branagh’s version of Hamlet has been nominated for 4 Oscars and another 6 wins and 12 nominations from other award-giving bodies.

Kenneth Branagh decided not to modernize Shakespeare language. Its 238-minute running time might deter some viewers, but the film is worth the effort. It is set in 19th century Denmark, giving the play a modern feel. An excellent and complete film version. (from Cliffnotes)

Claudius played by Derek Jacobi, Julie Christie as Gertrude, and Kenneth Branagh as Hamlet.

Kate Winslet as Ophelia

3. Tony Richardson’s 1969 version of Hamlet performed by Nicol Williamson, Anthony Hopkins, Judy Parfitt, Mark Digham, and Marianne Faithfull.

This is the first film version to use elements of the First Quarto in the script. This film is an adaptation of a theatrical production presented at the Roundhouse in London. Uniquely entertaining. (from Cliffnotes)

Nicol Williamson with the Yorick

Nicol Williamson and Marianne Faithfull in the 1969 Hamlet

4. Franco Zeffirelli’s 1990 version of Hamlet. This performed by Mel Gisbon, Glenn Close, Alan Bates, Ian Holm, Paul Scofield, and Helena Bonham-Carter.

Zeffirelli’s realistic Elsinore and Danish coast lend this film a gutsy realism while still managing to capture the essence of Hamlet. The action never slows in this colorful, sumptuous film. (from Cliffnotes)

Glenn Close playing the role of Gertrude with Mel Gibson as Hamlet

Helen Bonham-Carter as Ophelia

5. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead directed by Tom Stoppard and performed by Tim Roth and Gary Oldman on 1990.

This movie, based on the play of the same name, is written from the perspective of Hamlet’s two quirky, comical school chums. They find themselves in a situation that spins far beyond their understanding or ability to control. Their story weaves in and out of Shakespeare’s play. However, Stoppard chooses to make the men and their dilemma a comedy rather than a tragedy. (from Cliffnotes)

Tim Roth (Guildenstern) and Gary Oldham (Rosencrantz)

6. 2000 version of Hamlet. This is a modern day adaptation of Shakespeare’s immortal story about Hamlet’s plight to avenge his father’s murder in New York City (from imdb.com)

Ethan Hawke played the role of Hamlet, Kyle MacLachlan as Claudius, Diane Venora as Gertrude, Sam Shepard as the Ghost, and Julia Stiles as Ophelia

Denmark has here been transformed from a nation into a corporation (even if not for the first time in cinematic history). It is a corporation of which Hamlet, Sr. (Sam Shepard) was the CEO and King, and to whose governance Claudius (Kyle MacLachlan), married to the late CEO’s widow, Gertrude (Diane Venora), now rises. Polonius (Bill Murray) is a bureaucratic toady; Fortinbras (Casey Affleck) a competitor whose image threatens from the newspaper and the TV screen. Etc., etc. But Hamlet (Ethan Hawke), a young man for all ages, is still the disaffected son – more accurately so, in fact, than in any adaptation I have ever seen. (from cinescene.com)


Ethan Hawke

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