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Hamlet_x

Synopsis
A multimedia film project directed by Herbert Fritsch based on Hamlet. According to the director’s own synopsis of this rather rhizomatic undertaking, the playtext was initially divided into 111 basic scenes which were converted into short film sequences. These in turn inspired 111 portraits of and interviews with figures the director imagines would populate Hamlet’s environment in our time, such as Claudius’ financial advisor or Gertude’s gynaecologist. These film ‘splinters’ take on various forms: some are animated, some are designed as advertisments, trailers, documentaries, etc. The impressive cast list includes not only well-known German actors and actresses such as Anna Thalbach and Rufus Beck but also theatre and film actor/directors such as Leander Haußman and Christoph Schlingensief.
Language
German (Standard)
Country
Germany
Medium
Film
Technical information
Black-and-white / Sound
Year of release
2003
Duration
221 mins

Credits

Director
Herbert Fritsch
Cinematographer
Detlev Schneider
Writer
Herbert Fritsch
Music
Sir Henry
Cast
Meret BeckerHamlet 1 (Hamlet)
Ulrich MüheClaudius Müller (Claudius)
Susanne LotharGertrude 3 (Gertrude)
Thomas ThiemePolonius 2 (Polonius)
Marek HarloffOphelia 5 (Ophelia)
Alexander BeyerHoratio 1 (Horatio)
Andre HennickeMarcellus 1 (Marcellus)
Anna ThalbachGirlfriend 1
Astrid MeyerfeldtNurse
Axel WernerHoratio 2 (Horatio)
Bastian TrostBernardo (Barnardo)
Bela B. FelsenheimerMaitre des plaisirs
Bernhard SchützHeadcook
Boris AljinovicRosencrantz
Burkhard DriestObserver
Christoph SchlingensiefGynaecologist
Dominic RaackeGuildenstern
Frank BüttnerPsychologist
Hams-Michael RehbergKing
Heide KippPlayer Queen
Hendrik ArnstLaertes 2 (Laertes)
Herbert KnaupLaertes 1 (Laertes)
Josef BierbichlicherWilliam Shakespeare
Jürgen HentschPlayer King
Jürgen HoltzLaertes 3 (Laertes)
Jürgen KuttnerPorter
Katja RiemannQueen
Laura SchuhrkGirlfriend 2
Leander HaußmannCaptain
Markus von LingenLaertes 4 (Laertes)
Matthias SchweighöferOsric 1 (Osric)
Michael KlobeMarcellus 2 (Marcellus)
Milan PeschelChauffeur
Oliver SternGhost
Philipp HochmairHoratio 3 (Horatio)
Rufus BeckInsurance Salesman
Samuel FintziLucianus (Lucianus)
Thorsten RanftOsric 2 (Osric)

Additional Details

Production type
Other
Historical period
Contemporary
Plays
Hamlet
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Multimedia productions
Related items
Elf Onkel

Notes

Notes
In German with English subtitles. Some film sequences are in black and white. Available on DVD (3 discs, each 70-80 min.). A trailer for each disc may be viewed at http://www.hamlet-x.de

The cast listed here is for the entire DVD set but is incomplete.
General
The website features a selection of interactive animations and games as well as a chatroom.
History
First released on 21 June 2003

Online Availability

Online URL
http://www.hamlet-x.de/

Production Company

Name

KOPPFILM GmbH, Germany

Email
info@koppfilm.de
Web
http://www.koppfilm.de External site opens in new window
Phone
+49 030-283 92 50
Fax
+49 030-283 92 599
Address
Novalisstraße 10
Berlin
10115
Germany
Name

Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz

Email
info@volksbuehne-berlin.de
Web
http://www.volksbuehne-berlin.de External site opens in new window
Phone
+49.30.24 065-5
Fax
+49.30.24 065 642
Address
Linienstraße 227 10178 Berlin Tel +49.30.24 065-5 Fax +49.30.24 065 642
Berlin
10178
Germany

Online Retailer

Name

amazon.de

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