Hamlet (1921 film)

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Directed bySvend Gade
Heinz Schall
Written byErwin Gepard (manuscript)
E. Vining (book)
StarringAsta Nielsen
Paul Conradi
Music byGiuseppe Becce
CinematographyCurt Courant
Axel Graatkjær
Art-Film GmbH
Distributed byAsta Films
Release date
  • 1921 (1921)
Running time
131 minutes
German intertitles

Hamlet is a 1921 German film adaptation of the William Shakespeare play of the same name starring Danish silent film actress Asta Nielsen. It was directed by Svend Gade and Heinz Schall. The film was shot at the Johannisthal Studios in Berlin.

In this interpretation, inspired by Dr. Edward P. Vining's book The Mystery of Hamlet, Hamlet is born female and disguised as a male to preserve the lineage. Though a radical interpretation, the New York Times said this film, "holds a secure place in class with the best."


Further reading[edit]

  • Buchanan, Judith (2009). Shakespeare on Silent Film: An Excellent Dumb Discourse. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Ch. 7. ISBN 0-521-87199-9
  • Howard, Tony (2007). Hamlet as a Woman. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-86466-6

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