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Hamlet (1961 film)

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Director  Franz Peter Wirth
Country  Germany
2.4/10 IMDb

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Language  German
Hamlet (1961 film) movie poster

Release date  1961
Based on  Hamletby William Shakespeare
Writer  William Shakespeare (play), Franz Peter Wirth (teleplay)

Hamlet is a 1961 German film directed by Franz Peter Wirth. It stars Maximilian Schell as Hamlet.

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Plot

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, returns home to find his father murdered and his mother remarrying the murderer, his uncle.

Reception

Bill Gibron, writing for DVD Verdict, said that "In the literary life, you either love Shakespeare or you don't, and the Germans definitely do not. This 1960 television version of the Bard's brainchild is so cold and calculated it's like Berlin in February." FlickFilosopher wrote that "this is a take on Hamlet that could otherwise be construed as cruel and unusual punishment." Kevin Murphy wrote, "Leave it to Germany to turn a bleak brooding play into an even bleaker, broodinger movie-of-the-week for German television. This thing, made in the early '60s, has "we're still really sorry for the war and feel terrible" all over it."

Dub

Hamlet was dubbed into English under the supervision of Edward Dmytryk. Maximilian Schell provided his own voice: among the other actors used for the dub were Ricardo Montalbán and John Banner. This dub was later featured in a season 10 episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000.

Cast

  • Maximilian Schell as Hamlet
  • Hans Caninenberg as Claudius
  • Wanda Rotha as Gertrude
  • Dunja Movar as Ophelia
  • Franz Schafheitlin as Polonius
  • Dieter Kirchlechner as Laertes
  • Karl Michael Vogler as Horatio
  • Eckard Dux as Rosencrantz
  • Herbert Bötticher as Guildenstern
  • Karl Lieffen as Osric
  • Rolf Boysen as Bernardo
  • Michael Paryla as Francisco
  • Alexander Engel as Geist
  • Adolf Gerstung as Schauspieler
  • Paul Verhoeven as Erster Totengräber
  • Johannes Buzalski as Zweiter Totengräber
  • References

    Hamlet (1961 film) Wikipedia
    Hamlet (1961 film) IMDb Hamlet (1961 film) themoviedb.org