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Gamlet

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
Duration
149 mins; 13,368 feet

Credits

Director
Grigori Kozintsev
Cinematographer
Jonas Gritsius
Writer
William Shakespeare
Screenplay
Grigori Kozintsev
Music
Dmitri Shostakovich
Art Direction
Georgi Kropachov; Yeugeni Yenei
Cast
Innokenti SmoktunovskyHamlet
Mikhail NazvanovClaudius
Elsa RadzinGertrude
Michail TolubeyovPolonius
Anastasia VertinskayaOphelia
A. ChekaerskiPlayer (1)
Igor DmitrievRosencrantz
Reino ArenPlayer (2)
Stepan OleksenkoLaertes
V MedvedievGuildenstern
Viktor KolpakorGravedigger
Vladimir ErenbergHoratio
Yuri BerkunPlayer

Additional Details

Production type
Fiction Films
Historical period
16th Century
Plays
Hamlet
Subjects
Drama; Shakespeare
Keywords
drama in English; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

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.
General
Filmed along the Estonian seacoast.
Figures
21,100,000 (Admissions USSR). IMDb
Awards
BAFTA Film Award 1966 - Best Film From Any Source and Best Foreign Actor (Innokenti Smoktunovsky)
Reviews
Jorgens, Jack J. ‘Grigori Kozintsev’s Hamlet’ in Shakespeare on Film (Lanham, Maryland: University Press of America, 1991). pp. 218-334.

Online Availability

Online URL
https://learningonscreen.ac.uk/ondemand/index.php/prog/013D2B30?bcast=121572031
Online format
Streamed

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
Name

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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