Film Series : Shakespeare on Film


1996, Kenneth Branagh, UK/USA, 242 min. With Kenneth Branagh, Julie Christie.

Show Times

  • Fri, Dec 30th 2:00pm
  • Tue, Jan 3rd 6:00pm

★★★★ "At the end of this HAMLET, I felt at last as if I was getting a handle on the play...Branagh's version moved me, entertained me and made me feel for the first time at home in that doomed royal court." — Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

Kenneth Branagh has been Shakespeare's most devoted chronicler on film, with five adaptations to date, and HAMLET is widely considered his finest bout with the Bard. It is the only film to include the entire text of the play, but, as many critics observed, the film moves briskly, and its completeness reveals dimensions diminished in shorter versions — such as elevating Claudius's character to more than a stock villain, and making the Players subplot more central to the overall design of the play. However, Branagh is more showman than scholar, as evidenced by his own forceful performance in the title role, the dazzling sets, the epic swordfights, and a star-studded cast too numerous to list beyond a few highlights: Billy Crystal delightful as the first gravedigger, Charlton Heston commanding as the Player King, and Kate Winslet sensual and sad as Ophelia. DCP digital widescreen. (MR)

NOTE: There will be a 10-minute intermission.

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