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Hamlet Liikemaailmassa

Alternative title
Hamlet Gets Business Hamlet Goes Business
Synopsis
Feature film. A re-working in film noir style of Hamlet. Old Hamlet is president of a Helsinki timber mining and shipping empire. He is poisoned by his managing director, Klaus (Salminen), so that he and Gertrud (Salo) can marry. When Hamlet (Petelius) is ordered to avenge the murder by his father’s ghost, he attempts to stop Klaus’s plan to sell the business to a Norwegian tycoon in return for control of the company Swedish Rubber Ducks.
Language
Finnish
Country
Finland
Medium
Film; Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
1987
Duration
86 mins

Credits

Director
Aki Kaurismäki
Producer
Aki Kaurismäki
Cinematographer
Timo Salminen
Screenplay
Aki Kaurismäki
Music
Elmore James
Art Direction
Pertti Hilkamo
Cast
Petelius Pirkka-PekkaHamlet (Hamlet)
Esko SalminenKlaus (Claudius)
Elina SaloGertrud (Gertrude)
Kari VaananenPolonius (Polonius)
Kati OutinenOfelia (Ophelia)
Aake KallialaGuildenstern (Guildenstern)
Karl VaananenLauri Polonius (Laertes)
Pentti AuerFather/Ghost (Ghost)
Turo PajalaRosencrantz (Rosencrantz)

Additional Details

Production type
Fiction Films
Plays
Hamlet
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

General
Pirkka-Pekka is a popular Finish comedian.
Reviews
Lanier, Douglas ‘Film Spin-Offs and Citations’ in Burt, Richard (ed). Shakespeares After Shakespeares: an Encyclopedia of the Bard in Mass Media and Popular Culture. 2 vols. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2006. (p. 164-5, entry 694).

Rosenthal, Daniel. 100 Shakespeare Films. (London: British Film Institute, 2007), pp. 38-40.

Production Company

Name

Villealfa Filmproduction Oy

Archive

Name

Folger Shakespeare Library

Email
reference@folger.edu
Web
http://www.folger.edu External site opens in new window
Phone
(202) 544 4600
Fax
(202) 544 4623
Address
201 East Capitol Street, SE
Washington
DC 20003
USA
Name

Shakespeare Institute Library

Email
silib@bham.ac.uk
Web
http://www.is.bham.ac.uk/shakespeare External site opens in new window
Phone
01789 293384
Fax
01879 292021
Address
Church Street
Stratford-upon-Avon
CV37 6HP

Online Retailer

Name

amazon.co.uk

Web
http://www.amazon.co.uk External site opens in new window

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