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Encyclopedia > Hamlet (1996 film)
Hamlet

Film poster for Hamlet
Directed by Kenneth Branagh
Produced by David Barron
Written by William Shakespeare
Starring Kenneth Branagh
Derek Jacobi
Julie Christie
Richard Briers
Michael Maloney
Kate Winslet
Billy Crystal
Gérard Depardieu
Robin Williams
Charlton Heston
Jack Lemmon
Rufus Sewell
Timothy Spall
Reece Dinsdale
Brian Blessed
Richard Attenborough
Nicholas Farrell
John Gielgud
Judi Dench
Music by Patrick Doyle
Cinematography Alex Thomson
Editing by Neil Farrell
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date(s) December 25, 1996
Running time 242 min.
Language English
IMDb profile

William Shakespeare's Hamlet is a 1996 film version of William Shakespeare's classic play of the same name, adapted and directed by Kenneth Branagh, who also starred in the title role. It stars Derek Jacobi and Julie Christie as King Claudius and Queen Gertrude, Kate Winslet as Ophelia, Richard Briers as Polonius, and Nicholas Farrell as Horatio. It is notable for being the first unabridged screen version of the play, running for slightly over four hours. (The film also adds a single word: 'Attack!') A shorter edit, approximately two-and-a-half hours long, was shown in some markets. Image File history File links Hamlet_1996_poster. ... Kenneth Charles Branagh (b. ... David Barron is a producer. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Kenneth Charles Branagh (b. ... Sir Derek George Jacobi, CBE (IPA: ) (born 22 October 1938) is an English actor and director, knighted in 1994 for his services to the theatre. ... 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John Uhler Lemmon III (February 8, 1925 – June 27, 2001), better known as Jack Lemmon, was one of the most award-winning American actors of his generation. ... Rufus Frederik Sewell (born October 29, 1967) is an English actor. ... Timothy Spall OBE (born February 27, 1957) is an English actor from Battersea, London who trained at the National Youth Theatre and RADA. Initially famous in the U.K. for playing the gormless Barry in the first two series of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, he has starred in films such as... Reece Dinsdale is a British actor born in Normanton, Yorkshire, England, UK, in 1959. ... Brian Blessed (pronounced //, or in the tradition of English poetry, Blessèd, born October 9, 1937) is an English actor, who came to fame as PC Fancy Smith in the BBC TV police drama series Z Cars. ... 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Branagh set the film with Victorian era costuming and furnishings (it was later said to have been set during the Polack Wars). Blenheim Palace, built in the early 18th century, became Elsinore Castle in the external scenes. The film's budget was $18 million. Queen Victoria (shown here on the morning of her Ascension to the Throne, 20 June 1837) gave her name to the historic era The Victorian era of the United Kingdom marked the height of the British industrial revolution and the apex of the British Empire. ... Blenheim Palace, The Great Court. ...


Hamlet was photographed in Panavision System 65 by Alex Thomson. It was the last feature film photographed entirely in the 65mm film format as of 2006. Super Panavision 70 was the marketing brand used to identify movies photographed with Panavision 65mm cameras and spherical optics between 1959 and 1970. ... Alex Thomson is a UK television journalist and newscaster. ... 70 mm film (or 65 mm film) is a high-resolution film stock, of superior quality to standard 35 mm motion picture film format. ...


The film is very visual; most of the play's many monologues and soliloquies are accompanied by silent flashbacks or dream sequences depicting the events being spoken of. Hamlet's famous reminiscence of the jester Yorick, for instance, is accompanied by a flashback depicting the man himself performing for the child Hamlet. In literature and film, a flashback (also called analepsis) takes the narrative back in time from the point the story has reached, to recount events that happened before and give the back-story. ... Yorick was the deceased court jester whose skull is exhumed by the gravedigger in Act 5, Scene 1, of Shakespeares Hamlet. ...

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Cast

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Another notable aspect of the film was the large number of celebrity cameos; seemingly no role was too small to be played by a star (Gérard Depardieu's turn as the servant Reynaldo, who appears only briefly in a single scene and is often left out of abridged versions of the play, is a case in point). Since its first use in 1851, a cameo role or cameo appearance has been a brief appearance in a play (or later, a movie) that stands out against the general context for its éclat or dramatic punch. ... Gérard Depardieu. ...


The flashbacks and dream sequences even allow for celebrities appearing as characters that usually don't appear in the play at all, including Sir John Gielgud and Dame Judi Dench as Priam and Hecuba (mentioned in the monologue performed by the First Player on his arrival at Elsinore) and Ken Dodd as the aforementioned Yorick. Sir Arthur John Gielgud, OM, CH (14 April 1904 – 21 May 2000), known as Sir John Gielgud, was an Emmy, Grammy, Tony and Academy Award-winning English theatre and film actor, and is generally regarded as one of the great British actors in history. ... Dame Judith Olivia Dench, CH, DBE, FRSA, (born 9 December 1934), usually known as Dame Judi Dench, is an Academy Award, Golden Globe, Tony, three-time BAFTA, and six-time Laurence Olivier Award-winning English actress. ... King Priam killed by Neoptolemus, son of Achilles, detail of an Attic red-figure amphora In Greek mythology, Priam (Greek Πρίαμος, Priamos) was the king of Troy during the Trojan War, and youngest son of Laomedon. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Ken Dodd Show Poster Kenneth Arthur Dodd OBE (born 8 November 1927, in Knotty Ash, Liverpool) is a veteran English comedian and singer, famous for selling over 100 million records, his buck teeth, frizzy hair, feather duster (or tickling stick), and his catchphrases, often playing on the tickled motif, e. ...


Other appearances by well-known actors include Charlton Heston as the First Player/Player King, Robin Williams as the courtier Osric, Richard Attenborough as the English Ambassador, Brian Blessed as the ghost of Hamlet's father, and Jack Lemmon as Marcellus, the palace guard. Billy Crystal made a notable appearance as the gravedigger. Charlton Heston (born John Charles Carter on October 4, 1924) is an iconic Academy Award-winning American film actor, best known for playing larger-than-life heroic roles such as Moses in The Ten Commandments and Judah Ben-Hur in Ben-Hur. ... Robin McLaurim Williams, born July 21 (1951 or 1952),[1] is an Academy Award-winning American actor and comedian. ... Sir Richard Samuel Attenborough, Baron Attenborough, CBE (born August 29, 1923) is a prolific English film and stage actor, and Academy Award, BAFTA and three-time Golden Globe winning director, producer and entrepreneur. ... Brian Blessed (pronounced //, or in the tradition of English poetry, Blessèd, born October 9, 1937) is an English actor, who came to fame as PC Fancy Smith in the BBC TV police drama series Z Cars. ... John Uhler Lemmon III (February 8, 1925 – June 27, 2001), better known as Jack Lemmon, was one of the most award-winning American actors of his generation. ... Billy Crystal (born Israel William Krisstalsterne on March 14, 1947 in Long Beach, New York) is a Jewish American actor, writer, producer, comedian and film director. ...


Reaction

Hamlet received mixed reviews. Critics praised it for its uncut presentation of the play, its visual spectacle and particularly for its production design by longtime Branagh collaborator Tim Harvey, but some were less approving of Branagh's interpolation of scenes not actually in the play (including a sexual tryst between Hamlet and Ophelia) and Branagh's own performance. Hamlet and Horatio in the cemetery by Eugène Delacroix For other uses, see Hamlet (disambiguation). ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


However, some critics, notably Stanley Kauffmann, declared the film to be the finest motion picture version of Hamlet yet made, and online film critic James Berardinelli has gone so far as to declare the Branagh Hamlet the finest Shakespeare film ever made. Stanley Kauffmann (24 April 1916 – ) is an American film critic and author. ... James Berardinelli (born September 1967, New Brunswick, New Jersey) is an online film critic. ... Shakespeare redirects here. ...


The film played on fewer than 100 screens in the U.S. and earned $5 million in its limited American run. It received four Oscar nominations (for adapted screenplay, costume design, art direction and original score).


DVD release

It is scheduled for a 2-Disc DVD, HD-DVD and Blu Ray release (its first DVD release) in the United States on the 14th August 2007.[1]


Special Features:

  • Introduction by director/star Kenneth Branagh
  • Commentary by Kenneth Branagh and Shakespeare scholar Russell Jackson
  • New digital transfer from original 70mm elements
  • Soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Featurette 'To Be on Camera: A History with Hamlet'
  • 1996 Cannes Film Festival promo

It is already available for download in the proper 2.21:1 aspect ratio on Amazon Unbox. Amazon Unbox is an Internet video on demand service offered by Amazon. ...


Trivia

  • Derek Jacobi (who plays King Claudius in this production) played Hamlet in a 1980 television production. [2]
  • Kenneth Branagh gave Depardieu the small role of Reynaldo out of gratitude for his support of Branagh's 1989 adaptation of Henry V. [3]

1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... Henry reads of the French dead after the battle of Agincourt Henry V is a 1989 film directed by Kenneth Branagh, and based upon the Shakespeare play. ... Title page of the first quarto (1600) The Cronicle History of Henry the fift is a play by William Shakespeare based on the life of King Henry V of England. ...

See also

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Hamlet (1996 film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (350 words)
William Shakespeare's Hamlet is a 1996 film version of William Shakespeare's classic play of the same name, adapted and directed by Kenneth Branagh, who also starred in the title role.
The film is very visual; most of the play's many monologues and soliloquies are accompanied by silent flashbacks or dream sequences depicting the events being spoken of.
(Hamlet's famous reminiscence of the jester Yorick, for instance, is accompanied by a flashback depicting the man himself performing for the child Hamlet.) It also has the distinction of being the last film (as of April 2006) to have been shot entirely with 70 mm film.
Hamlet (1996 film) - definition of Hamlet (1996 film) in Encyclopedia (322 words)
Hamlet is a 1996 film version of William Shakespeare's classic play of the same name, adapted and directed by Kenneth Branagh, who also starred in the title role.
The setting of the movie was less faithful, with 18th or 19th century costuming and furnishings (Blenheim Palace, built in the early 18th century, became Elsinore Castle in the external scenes).
(Hamlet's famous reminiscence of the jester Yorick, for instance, is accompanied by a flashback depicting the man himself performing for the child Hamlet.)
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