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Hamlet Adventure, The

Alternative title
Avantyurata Hamlet
Synopsis
Documentary composed of material salvaged from Semerdjiev’s failed multimedia project I, HAMLET. Composed of what remains of the original footage, along with making-of rushes and newly shot interviews, THE HAMLET ADVENTURE strives to give a picture of the film the director Roach wanted to make as well as sharing the story of what went wrong. Narrated by Vesselin Kalanovsky.
Language
English
Country
Bulgaria; Germany; United States
Medium
Film
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
2008
Duration
81 mins
Availability
No distributor found (3/2010).

Credits

Director
Greg Roach; Ivaylo Dikanski
Producer
Stanislav Semerdjiev
Cinematographer
Emil Trifonov
Writer
Stanislav Semerdjiev
Music
Mark Snow
Art Direction
Georgi Dimitrov
Contributor
Vesselin Kalanovsky.
Cast
Georgi SimovChild Hamlet (Hamlet)
Vitaliy MilovClaudius
Irina DochevaPuppet Queen Gertrude (Gertrude)
Anton GeorgievPolonius
Diana ToshkovaOphelia
Emil NakovLaertes
Ivaylo KrastevHoratio
Kiril BoyadzhievRosencrantz
Martin VidenovGuildenstern
Ognyan GolevPuppet King Hamlet (Ghost)

Additional Details

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

Notes

Notes
English, Bulgarian, Spanish, German dialogue.
History
Competed In 2008 Sofia Film Festival.
Reviews
"I, Hamlet" was to be a New Age retelling of the classic play, incongruously performed by dancers high up in Bulgaria’s Rila Mountains. Shooting commenced in 1999, but troubles plagued the production from the beginning, and footage was lost just as final editing started. Judging from this docu, it’s no great loss to cinema history. Pic apparently played like an amateur theatrical production, complete with vacuous choreography and a cringe-worthy rewriting of Shakespeare. Helmer Roach displays a level of self-importance completely out of proportion to his resume (which includes "The X-Files" videogame), while camerawork seems uncertain where to focus’. Variety, (27 May 2008).

Production Company

Name

Bulgarian Cinema Foundation

Name

HyperBole Studios

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