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Amleto di Meno, Un

Alternative title
One Hamlet Less
Synopsis
Feature film. A comic spoof drawing irreverently on both the Shakespeare play and the 1877 story by Jules Laforgue. Hamlet (Carmelo Bene) is a would-be playwright. He suffers from inept Freudian analysis by Polonius ( Giuseppe Tuminelli), and Ophelia and Gertrude (Isabella Russo and Luciana Cante) are women conjured up in his erotic imagination. After Claudius kills his father, Hamlet only thinks of preparing to put the theatre production in Paris that he was getting ready at Elsinore. After his coronation, Claudius asks Hamlet to stay and promises to finance his theatrical ambitions. Polonius wishes to study Hamlet’s ‘Oedipus Complex’ and gets killed. Hamlet divides his time between the cemetery and the theatre. Laertes, a budding member of the union, goes to Paris and stabs Hamlet at Ophelia’s tomb.
Language
Italian (Standard)
Country
Italy
Medium
Film
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
1973
Duration
82 mins

Credits

Director
Carmelo Bene
Screenplay
Carmelo Bene
Music
Carmelo Bene
Art Direction
Carmelo Bene
Cast
Carmelo BeneHamlet
Alfiero VincentiClaudius
Luciana CanteGertrude
Giuseppe TuminelliPolonius
Isabella RussoOphelia
Franco LeoHoratio
Luigi MezzanotteLaertes
Lydia MancinelliKate
William Di GuilioWilliam

Additional Details

Production type
Fiction Films
Plays
Hamlet
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

Notes
Different sources cite different running times from 62 to 85 minutes. A two-minute clip (Hamlet holding the skull) apparently taken from a television screening on RAI is hosted on globalshakespeares.mit.edu (accessed 12/20120).
General
Shot almost entirely on 2 sound stages at Cinecitta except for one location shot.
Awards
Carmelo Bene nominated for the Golden Palm award at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival.
Reviews
The literary source is Jacques Laforgue’s The Story of Hamlet/Hamlet ou les suites de la pitie’ filiale. 1877

Production Company

Name

Donatello Cinematografica

Sponsor

Name

Ministero Turismo e Spettacolo

Archive

Name

Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia/Cineteca Nazionale/SNC

Email
scn@snc.it
Web
http://www.snc.it External site opens in new window
Phone
01-722941
Address
via Tuscolana 1524
00173 Roma
Italy

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