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Hamlet

Synopsis
Filmed entirely in the Round House, London, where the play had previously been staged. Intense and claustrophic, the film is notable for its extensive use of close-ups, lines delivered in rasping voice-over, and Williamson’s brooding and strenous performance.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Film; Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
1969
Duration
117 mins; 10,569 feet
Availability
Hire (film or video - Filmbank) Sale (video - all other distributors)

Credits

Director
Tony Richardson
Producer
Neil Hartley
Cinematographer
Gerry Fisher
Writer
William Shakespeare
Art Direction
Joceyln Herbert
Cast
Nicol WilliamsonHamlet
Anthony HopkinsClaudius
Judy ParfittGertrude
Mark DignamPolonius
Marianne FaithfullOphelia
Anjelica HustonLady
Ben ArisRosencrantz
Clive GrahamGuildenstern
Gordon JacksonHoratio
Ian CollierPriest
John CarneyPlayer King
John CarneyMarcellus
Mark GriffithMessenger
Michael ElphickCaptain
Michael PenningtonLaertes
Peter GaleOsric
Richard EverettPlayer Queen
Roger Lloyd-PackReynaldo

Additional Details

Theatre
Roundhouse, London
Production type
Stage Recordings
Plays
Hamlet
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
cinema; drama in English; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)
Related items
Today [17/04/1969]

Notes

Reviews
Rothwell, Kenneth S. ‘Richardson’s Hamlet’ in Kenneth S. Rothwell, A History of Shakespeare on Screen: a Century of Film and Television. 2nd ed. (Cambridge: CUP, 2004), pp. 136-142. Sight and Sound. Vol. 37. no. 436. (May 1970) p. 98.

Production Company

Name

Woodfall Film

Distributor

Name

4 Front Video

Phone
020 7079 6000
Fax
020 7079 6524
Address
Universal Pictures Video
Prospect House
Third Floor
80-110 New Oxford Street
London
WC1A 1HB

Distributor (Hire)

Name

Filmbank Distributors Ltd

Email
info@filmbank.co.uk
Web
http://www.filmbank.co.uk External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7984 5950
Fax
020 7984 5951
Address
Warner House
98 Theobalds Road
London
WC1X 8WB
Notes
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Distributor (Sale)

Name

Retail outlets

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