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Hamlet: Two-Disc Special Edition

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Hamlet

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
112 minutes
performer:
Ethan Hawke, Bill Murray, Julia Stiles, Kyle MacLachlan, Liev Schreiber, Diane Venora
director:
Michael Almereyda
distributor:
Double A Films
author:
72863
genre:
Drama

We gave it a B+

Kenneth Branagh’s ambitious, full-length Hamlet lacks the streamlined gutsiness of his Henry V. One can also quibble with the flashbacks and cameos (Billy Crystal, Robin Williams). But he mostly pulls it off, capturing terrific performances (Derek Jacobi’s Claudius, Kate Winslet’s Ophelia), often in elaborate single takes that would make Vincente Minnelli swoon. EXTRAS In a commentary with Shakespeare scholar Russell Jackson, Branagh defends his flashbacks, says Williams did ”wonderfully well” as a courtier, and calls Crystal’s Gravedigger ”a treat.”

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