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Hamlet: The Trouble with Hamlet

Synopsis
Educational series. One in a twelve-part series of films made by the Ontario Educational Communications Authority (now TV Ontario). The aim was to relate ‘Shakespeare’s timeless ideas and understanding of human motivations to contemporary society’. The emphasis is on Hamlet’s existentialist dilemma, stressing Camus’ dictum ‘there is but one truly philosophical problem, and that is suicide’. Actors play scenes from the play including the ‘to be, or not to be’ soliloquy (III i) and Hamlet’s confrontation with Ophelia.
Series
Explorations in Shakespeare
Language
English
Country
Canada
Medium
Film
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
1969
Duration
23 mins
Availability
No archive copy or distributor found (2006)

Credits

Producer
Ed Moser; Kurt Reis
Screenplay
Hugh Webster
Music
Zal Yanovsky
Production Design
Chris Adeney
Cast
Bernard BehrensClaudius
Dawn GreenhalghGertrude
Jackie BurroughsOphelia
Briain Petchey 
Hugh WebsterHoratio

Additional Details

Production type
Documentary/Educational/News
Plays
Hamlet
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

Reviews
Rothwell, Kenneth S. and Annabelle Henkin Melzer, Shakespeare on Screen: An International Filmography and Videography. London: Mansell, 1990, entry 124). Rothwell has viewed the film and provides a detailed synopsis.

Production Company

Name

Ontario Educational Communications

Address
Canada

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