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Hamlet (1964)

Alternative title
Hamlet
Synopsis
Feature film version of the play, with a heavily cut text based on Pasternak’s translation. The political stance of the film-maker is to the fore, and the cinematography stark and elemental.
recently re-appraised as ‘the greatest cinematic Dane...Kozintsev makes the tragedy into a parable of power and powerlessness’ (The Guardian, 2019).
With English subtitles.
Language
Russian
Country
Former USSR
Medium
Film
Technical information
Black-and-white / Sound
Year of release
1964
Year of production
1964
Notes
Available on BoB: https://learningonscreen.ac.uk/ondemand/index.php/prog/013D2B30?bcast=121572031
Kozintsev’s two books on Shakespeare and film - Shakespeare: Time and Conscience (London: Dennis Dobson, 1967) and King Lear: the Space of Tragedy (New York: Hill & Wang, 1966) on KOROL LIR are richly rewarding accounts of the director’s views on Shakespeare and cinema.
Subjects
Drama; Shakespeare
Keywords
drama in English; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Online availability

URI
https://learningonscreen.ac.uk/ondemand/index.php/prog/013D2B30?bcast=121572031
Delivery
Streamed

Credits

Director
Grigori Kozintsev
Cinematographer
Jonas Gritsius
Writer
William Shakespeare
Screenplay
Grigori Kozintsev
Music
Dmitri Shostakovich
Art Direction
Georgi Kropachov; Yeugeni Yenei
Cast
A. Chekaerski 
Anastasia Vertinskaya 
Elsa Radzin 
Igor Dmitriev 
Innokenti Smoktunovsky 
Michail Tolubeyov 
Mikhail Nazvanov 
Reino Aren 
Stepan Oleksenko 
V Medvediev 
Viktor Kolpakor 
Vladimir Erenberg 
Yuri Berkun 

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£13.20
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
144 minutes
Year
2019

Type
Film
Format
16mm

Production Company

Name

Lenfilm

Distributor

Name

Learning on Screen Off-Air Recording Back-up Service

Email
services@bufvc.ac.uk
Web
http://bufvc.ac.uk/tvandradio/offair External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7393 1514
Fax
020 7393 1555
Address
For Learning on Screen Members only
77 Wells Street
London
W1T 3QJ
 

Available from retail outlets

Distributor (Hire)

Name

BFI Film Bookings Unit

Email
bookings.films@bfi.org.uk
Web
http://www.bfi.org.uk/about-bfi/help-faq/film-bookings External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7957 8938 / 8935
Address
21 Stephen Street
London
W1T 1LN
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