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||IMDB Rating: 7.9/10 from votes
||Release: 12 August 1948 (Australia) /
||Director: William Shakespeare,
||Stars: Anthony Quayle, Basil Sydney, Eileen Herlie, Esmond Knight, Felix Aylmer, Harcourt Williams, John Laurie, Laurence Olivier, Niall MacGinnis, Norman Wooland, Patrick Troughton, Peter Cushing, Russell Thorndike, Stanley Holloway, Tony Tarver
||Synopsis: William Shakespeare's tale of tragedy of murder and revenge in the royal halls of medieval Denmark. Claudius, brother to the King, conniving with the Queen, poisons the monarch and seizes the throne, taking the widowed Gertrude for his bride. Hamlet, son of the murdered King, mournful of his father's death and mother's hasty marriage, is confronted by the ghost of the late King who reveals the manner of his murder. Seeking revenge, Hamlet recreates the monstrous deed in a play with the help of some traveling actors to torment the conscience of the evil Claudius. In a visit with his mother, Hamlet expresses his anger and disappointment concerning her swiftly untimed marriage. Thinking a concealed spy in his mother's chamber to be the lurking Claudius, he mistakenly kills the meddling counselor, Polonius, father of Ophelia and Laertes. Claudius, on the pretext that Hamlet will be endangered by his subjects for the murder of Polonius, sends the prince to England. Written by alfiehitchie
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With this film, Sir Laurence Olivier set the standard as to how
Shakespeare should be done on screen. His direction of his handpicked
cast was flawless and his own straightforward interpretation of Hamlet
is the one everyone else's is measured by.
It was a straightforward interpretation because Shakespeare himself in
the introduction says that Hamlet's tragedy is one in which his problem
is that he couldn't make up his mind. Olivier opts for that and doesn't
try to give any deeper meaning to Hamlet's indecision.
For those who've never read the play or have seen it or studied in
school, Hamlet is the Prince of Denmark. He's Hamlet Junior. His father
Hamlet Senior was the king and the king has died. But at the beginning
of the play, Hamlet is visited by the ghost of his father and the
father tells him he was murdered by his brother Claudius. Claudius took
the title and married Hamlet's mother Gertrude. All this was done while
Hamlet was away at school in Wittemberg.
The ghost wants his son to revenge him, understandable enough. But the
story is Hamlet deciding one thing and then another, moderating his
course. His actions have everyone believing he's lost his mind. In the
end it's tragedy all around.
I've always thought that the key thing to remember is that Hamlet is
the only one who heard the ghost. Some other palace personnel told him
about some apparition making an appearance on one of the battlements of
Elsinore Castle, but Hamlet's the only one who's been told the tale.
Therefore he's the only one who heard the story and he can't prove
The device of spirits visiting Shakespearean protagonists is one the
Bard used with great effect. Here, in MacBeth, in Julius Caesar, all of
those visits meant someone was meeting their doom. But in Hamlet the
ghost makes his appearance at the beginning of the play. Maybe if the
ghost had revealed himself to Horatio, to Polonius, the Queen even,
Hamlet's duty would have been clear.
In the supporting cast I liked Eileen Herlie as the Queen, Jean Simmons
as Ophelia, Felix Aylmer as Polonius, and most of all Terrence Morgan
Laertes is an important character here. He's the son of the chief
counselor in the court, Polonius and brother of Ophelia who has a yen
for Hamlet. In the beginning of the play Laertes takes off for France.
Later towards the end he finds out the tragedy Hamlet has wrought upon
both his father and his sister and Laertes has no trouble making up his
mind what he's going to do. Quite a contrast to Hamlet's behavior.
The film is moodily photographed in black and white. Olivier wanted to
use color, but J. Arthur Rank wouldn't spring for it. So he made due
with black and white and the lights and shadows of Elsinore castle as
shown almost make this version a kind of Shakespeare noir.
I don't think subsequent versions with Nicol Williamson and Mel Gibson
hold a candle to this one.
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, Basil Sydney
, Eileen Herlie
, Esmond Knight
, Felix Aylmer
, Harcourt Williams
, John Laurie
, Laurence Olivier
, Niall MacGinnis
, Norman Wooland
, Patrick Troughton
, Peter Cushing
, Russell Thorndike
, Stanley Holloway
, Tony Tarver
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