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.
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.
3. Tony Richardson’s 1969 version of Hamlet performed by Nicol Williamson, Anthony Hopkins, Judy Parfitt, Mark Digham, and Marianne Faithfull.
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.
5. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead directed by Tom Stoppard and performed by Tim Roth and Gary Oldman on 1990.
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)
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)
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