Hamlet (1961 film)

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Directed by Franz Peter Wirth
Screenplay by Franz Peter Wirth
Based on Hamlet
by William Shakespeare
Starring Maximillian Schell
Hans Caninenberg
Wanda Rotha
Dunja Movar
Music by Rolf Unkel
Cinematography Kurt Gewissen
Boris Goriup
Hermann Gruber
Rudolf H. Jakob
Edited by Adolf Schlyssleder
Release date(s) 1961
Running time 152 minutes
Country Germany
Language German

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


Main article: Hamlet

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


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."[1] FlickFilosopher wrote that "this is a take on Hamlet that could otherwise be construed as cruel and unusual punishment."[2] 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."[3]


Hamlet was dubbed into English. Among the actors used in the dub were Ricardo Montalbán and John Banner. This dub was later featured in a season 10 episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000.[4]

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