- 1948 ----- b & w ----- 155 min ----- vhs
(Directed by Laurence Olivier; with Eileen Herlie, Basil Sydney, Laurence Olivier, Felix Aylmer, Jean Simmons) Hamlet is Shakespeare's most difficult and moody tragedy, open to wide interpretation. Olivier plays the brooding Dane in a highly imaginative style as Desmond Dickinson's active camera prowls dank corridors and labyrinths, even following Ophelia into the stream. To reduce the film from four and a half hours to three, judicious cuts were made with the guidance of Olivier, one of the greatest Shakespearean actor/directors of all time.
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