Hamlet (2009) - film adaptation of Shakespeare's Hamlet

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Adapted from William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Directed by Gregory Doran. Starring David Tennant, Patrick Stewart, Penny Downie, Mariah Gale, Oliver Ford Davies, Peter de Jersey, Edward Bennett, John Woodvine, and Mark Hadfield. Color. 182 mins.

This is an intimate Hamlet, a Hamlet less concerned with dynastic politics than with the annihilation of two families. The Elsinore imagined by Gregory Doran is bourgeois and modern rather than medieval and aristocratic; its best emblems are the plush bedroom of Gertrude and the handsome wooden bannister in the middle-class home where Ophelia and Laertes have grown up. Indeed the full-length mirror on the door t…

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Citation: Hamlin, William M.. "Hamlet (2009) - film adaptation of Shakespeare's Hamlet". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 22 December 2015 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=19370, accessed 04 October 2023.]

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