DVD - 2006 | Russian
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Hamlet, a prince of medieval-era Denmark, senses treachery behind his royal father's death.
A spare, haunting interpretation based on a translation by novelist Boris Pasternak. The malevolence afoot in the state of Denmark is magnificently captured by the foreboding black and white cinematography and the dark, dramatic score by composer Dmitri Shostakovich.


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crankylibrarian Feb 23, 2014

Bit of a disappointment. Lauded as THE BEST Hamlet on screen,Kozintsev's vision offers stark black and white imagery, a harsh medieval landscape , and highly stylized costumes and choreographed movement. However, the frequently somnambulent line readings, and some theatrical, unintentionally comic reaction shots give it the air of a museum piece. Smoktunovskiy is a great Hamlet, but there's no one else worth watching. Branagh, Olivier, Adrian Lester, or even David Tennant's versions are overall more enjoyable.

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