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Hamlet

Alternative title
Hamlet, Prinz von Dänemark
Synopsis
A German Federal Republic film originally made for Eurovision television. Schell’s direct, decisive and austere performance is played out against a bare and claustrophic setting an atmosphere complemented by Rolf Unkel’s discordant score.
Language
German (Standard)
Country
Germany
Medium
Film; Television
Technical information
Black-and-white / Sound
Transmission details
1 Jan 1961 (Channel: ARD)
Duration
152 mins

Credits

Director
Franz Peter Wirth
Producer
Hans Gottschalk
Cinematographer
Boris Goriup; Hermann Gruber; Kurt Gewissen; Rudolf H. Jakob
Writer
William Shakespeare
Screenplay
A.W. von Schlegel
Music
Rolf Unkel
Costume
Gerd Richter
Cast
Maximilian SchellHamlet
Hans CaninbergClaudius
Wanda RothGertrude
Franz SchaftheitlinPolonius
Dunja MovarOphelia
Adolf GerstungPlayer (1)
Alexander EngelGhost
Dieter KirchlechnerLaertes
Eckart DuxRosencrantz
Herbert BötticherGuildenstern
Karl LieffenOsric
Karl Michael VoglerHoratio
Michael ParylaFrancisco
Paul Verhoeven (2)Gravedigger
Rolf BoysenBarnardo

Additional Details

Production type
Fiction Films
Plays
Hamlet
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)
Related items
Hamlet, Prinz von Danemark

Notes

History
The film was made for German television and originally broadcast by the ARD on 1/1/1961. It was shown theatrically in the United States, having being bought by Hollywood producer Edward Dmytryk. The film was dubbed into English (allegedly against Schell’s wishes who wanted subtitles) , the dubbing directed by Dmytryk. It was presented at the San Francisco Film Festival in 1962.
Reviews
Wilds, Lilian ‘On Film: Maximilian Schell’s Most Royal Hamlet’, Literature/Film Quarterly 4;2 (1976), pp. 134-40.

Production Company

Name

Bavaria Atelier GmbH

Sponsor

Name

Nord- und Westdeutscher Rundfunkverband (NWRV)

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

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