Hamlet (1969 film)
|Directed by||Tony Richardson|
|Produced by||Hans Gottchalk
|Written by||William Shakespeare
adapted by Tony Richardson
|Music by||Patrick Gowers|
|Editing by||Charles Rees|
|Studio||Woodfall Film Productions|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|Release date(s)||September 1969 (UK)|
|Running time||117 min.|
Hamlet is a 1969 British film adaptation of Shakespeare's play Hamlet, starring Nicol Williamson as Prince Hamlet. It was directed by Tony Richardson and based on his own stage production at the Roundhouse theatre in London. The film also stars Anthony Hopkins as King Claudius, Judy Parfitt as Queen Gertrude, Marianne Faithfull as Ophelia, Mark Dignam as Polonius, Gordon Jackson as Horatio, and Michael Pennington as Laertes.
The film, a departure from big-budget Hollywood renditions of classics, was made with a small budget and a very minimalist set, consisting of Renaissance fixtures and costumes in a dark, shadowed space. A brick tunnel is used for the scenes on the battlements. The Ghost of Hamlet's father is represented only by a light shining on the observers. The film places much emphasis on the sexual aspects of the play, to the point of including an incestuous relationship between Laertes and Ophelia.
- Alexander Walker, Hollywood, England, Stein and Day, 1974 p452
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