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Ophelia Learns to Swim

Synopsis
Feminist satirical low-budget film appropriating the character of Ophelia as a metaphor for a young, unassertive woman. Ophelia has nightmares about the film TITANIC, is dominated by her father and boyfriend Hamilton, and is unable to swim. When her brother steals a broom from a witch she become involved with feminist heroines - Mother Nature, The Librarian, The Muse and The Chocolatier. Includes a scene in which Hamlet (in Elizabethan costume) appears as a broom delivery man holding a skull and reciting the ‘too too solid flesh’ soliloquy (I ii).
Language
English
Country
United States
Medium
Film
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
2000
Duration
88 mins

Credits

Director
Jurgen Vsych
Producer
Jurgen Vsych
Cinematographer
Karen Edmondson Bean
Screenplay
Jurgen Vsych
Music
Bronwen Jones
Art Direction
Karen Kaiser
Cast
Kristofer McNeeleyHamlet (Hamlet)
Julia LeeOphelia (Ophelia)

Additional Details

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

Notes

Reviews
Lanier, Douglas ‘Film Spin-Offs and Citations’ in Burt, Richard (ed). Shakespeares After Shakespeares: an Encyclopedia of the Bard in Mass Media and Popular Culture. 2 vols. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2006. (p. 177, entry 239).

Production Company

Name

Wroughten Films

Distributor (Sale)

Name

womandirector.com

Email
sales@thewomandirector.com
Web
http://www.thewomandirector.com External site opens in new window
Phone
866-265-4235

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