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Hamlet

Alternative title
Hamlet and the Jester’s Skull Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
Synopsis
Fiction film. An abridged version of Hamlet which begins with the graveyard scene and ends with the duel scene. Hamlet also sees Ophelia’s ghost. Ball (op cit) writes: ‘It is easy to brand this ten-minute film an absurd simplification, and one which could not fail to tickle the risibilities of a sophisticated audience. But Méliès audiences were not sophisticated, and the film was a primitive of 1907’.
Country
France
Medium
Film
Technical information
Black-and-white / Silent
Year of release
1907
Duration
6 mins; 574 feet
Availability
Believed to be a lost film.

Credits

Director
Georges Méliès
Cast
Georges MélièsHamlet

Additional Details

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

Notes

Notes
Film copyrighted October 15th 1907.
Reviews
Ball, Robert Hamilton. Shakespeare on Silent Film: A Strange Eventful History. London: George Allen and Unwin, 1968 (pp.34-5, 307-8).

Production Company

Name

Star-Film

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