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Hamlet [1964] (DVD)
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The surface of ceremonies and rituals celebrating the coronation of King Claudius (Mikhail Nazvanov) and his marriage to Hamlets mother (Elza Radzina) leaves the young prince indifferent. Hamlets melancholic nature finds no relief from his brooding, not even in his courtship of Ophelia (Anastasiya Vertinskaya). However, a nocturnal visit from his fathers ghost changes everything. Claudius treachery having been brought to light, Hamlet conducts a quest to avenge his fathers death. Grigori Kozintsevs renowned Soviet production ranks among the finest adaptations of Shakespeare on film. His strong visual style places the characters on a rich widescreen canvas while preserving the inward dimension of Hamlets character. Laurence Olivier, director and star of Hamlet, the Oscar-winning 1948 English production, praised Kozintsevs Hamlet, singling out Innokenty Smoktunevskys performance as the definitive screen performance of the Prince of Denmark. Review A spectacle...a large, mobile, realistic rendering of the melodramatic action of the play that depends entirely for its impact upon its striking scenery, the physical sweep of its performance and the grand effects that the camera achieves --New York TimesKozintsev has thought his interpretation right through to the end with complete consistency, and gives the film a genuinely exciting epic sweep...Theres a genuine cinematic imagination at work here --Time Out

Running Time: 140 minutes
Region: Region 2
Subtitles: English
Release Date:17 Oct. 2011

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