Hamlet

Tag: Movie

Title: Hamlet
AKA: Hamlet
Year: 1948
Character: Spear Carrier
Director: Laurence Olivier
Cameraman: Desmond Dickinson
Screenplay: William Shakespeare, Laurence Olivier
Runtime: 153
Country: UK
Genre: Drama, Tragedy, Period Film
Studio: Two Cities Films
Classification:
Notes:

Language: English
Audio: Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Colour: Black and White

 

Plot:

Although criticized by Shakespeare devotees upon its release because of director, producer, and star Laurence Olivier's decision to excise large portions of the text, his cinematic version of Hamlet is widely considered the best out of several dozens (and counting). Hamlet (Olivier) is a medieval Danish prince who's still melancholy over the sudden death of his father and the quick, subsequent remarriage of his mother, Queen Gertrude (Eileen Herlie) to his uncle, Claudius (Basil Sydney). Informed by the ghost of his father that Claudius murdered him, Hamlet schemes to take revenge. Unsure how best to proceed, his delays and the horrible secret burdening him eventually lead to the violent snuffing out of several lives in both his family and that of courtier Polonius (Felix Aylmer), whose daughter Ophelia (Jean Simmons) is in love with Hamlet. Greatly influenced by the inventive camera work in Citizen Kane (1941) and by modern, psychological reinterpretations of Shakespeare's play, Olivier's masterpiece was the winner of four Academy Awards, for Best Picture, Best Actor (Olivier), Best Black and White Art Direction/Set Direction and Best Black and White Costume Design.

Cast:

John Laurie as Francisco
Esmond Knight as Bernardo
Anthony Quayle as Marcellus
Niall MacGinnis as Sea Captain
Harcourt Williams as First Player
Patrick Troughton as Player King
Tony Tarver as Player Queen
Peter Cushing as Osric
Stanley Holloway as Gravedigger
Russell Thorndike as Priest
Basil Sydney as Claudius - The King
Eileen Herlie as Gertrude - The Queen
Laurence Olivier as Hamlet - Prince of Denmark
Norman Wooland as Horatio - His Friend
Felix Aylmer as Polonius - Lord Chamberlain
Terence Morgan as Laertes - His Son
Jean Simmons as Ophelia - and Daughter rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anthony Bushell as Bit Part (uncredited)
Patricia Davidson as Lady of the Court (uncredited)
Doreen Lawrence as Extra (uncredited)
Christopher Lee as Spear Carrier (uncredited)
Desmond Llewelyn as Extra (uncredited)
Victor Lucas as Extra (uncredited)
Patrick Macnee as Extra (uncredited)

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