Gamlet (1964) - film adaptation of Shakespeare's Hamlet (991 words)

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Rima Greenhill (Stanford University)
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Adapted from William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Directed by Grigori Kozintsev. Starring Innokenty Smoktunovsky (Hamlet), Anastasia Vertinskaya (Ophelia), Elza Radzina (Gertrude), Mikhail Nazvanov (Claudius), Yuri Tolubeev (Polonius), Vladimir Ehrenberg (Horatio), Stepan Oleksenko (Laertes). Translation into modern Russian by Boris Pasternak (1890-1960). In Russian; English subtitles derived from the original Shakespeare text. Musical score by Dmitri Shostakovich. Black and White. 140 minutes.

The first rendition of Hamlet to be filmed in the Soviet Union, Gamlet premiered in 1964 to coincide with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth.The director, GrigoriKozintsev (1905-…

Citation: Greenhill, Rima. "Gamlet (1964) - film adaptation of Shakespeare's Hamlet". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 12 July 2015 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=19409, accessed 19 June 2021.]

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