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Hamlet

Synopsis
Feature film adaptation of the play. An abbreviated version in heightened style by actors wearing exaggerated make-up and stylised costumes. Hamlet is played by twin actors to show him as literally a split personality, and Helen Mirren plays both Gertrude and Ophelia. Music by Carlos Miranda.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Film
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
1976
Duration
66 mins; 2,378 feet
Availability
Hire

Credits

Director
Celestino Coronado
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Carlos Miranda
Costume
Mircea Marosin
Contributor
Carlos Miranda
Cast
David MeyerHamlet
Barry StantonClaudius
Helen MirrenGertrude
Quentin CrispPolonius
Helen MirrenOphelia
Vladek SheybalPlayer Queen
Vladek SheybalLucianus

Additional Details

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

Notes

Notes
The film was originally shot on video within one week on a budget of £2,500.
Reviews
Tim Pulleine, Monthly Film Bulletin, vol. 45, no. 529, February 1978, p. 24-5.

Production Company

Name

Royal College of Art, School of Film & Television

Archive

Name

BFI National Archive

Web
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Phone
020 7255 1444
Fax
020 7436 0165
Address
21 Stephen Street
London
W1T 1LN
Name

Shakespeare Centre Library and Archive

Email
scla@shakespeare.org.uk
Web
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Phone
01789 204016 (bookings)
Fax
01789 262073
Address
Henley Street
Stratford-upon-Avon
CV37 6QW

Distributor

Name

Retail outlets

Distributor (Hire)

Name

BFI Film Bookings Unit

Email
bookings.films@bfi.org.uk
Web
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Phone
020 7957 8938 / 8935
Address
21 Stephen Street
London
W1T 1LN

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