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Der Rest ist Schweigen [The Rest Is Silence] (1959, Helmut Käutner)

TitleDer Rest ist Schweigen [The Rest Is Silence]
Release LocationsGermany
DirectorHelmut Käutner
MediumBlack & white video with sound
Length1 hrs, 46 mins
Play ConnectionsHamlet (derivative)


A Hamlet derivative updating the tale into modern postwar Germany. A young intellectual feels grief over his father's death and remorse for his family's implication in WWII profiteering (Parker, TSF 25)

Description from Shakespeare on Screen : an International Filmography and Videography by Kenneth S. Rothwell and Annabelle Henkin Melzer. ©1990 Kenneth S. Rothwell. Cited by permission. — Added 2008-11-14

Cast Overview

OpheliaIngrid Andree
LaertesHeinz Drache
PoloniusRudolf Forster
HamletHardy Kruger
HoratioRainer Penkert
GertrudeAdelheid Seeck
ClaudiusPeter Van Eyck

Production Team and Crew Overview

DirectorHelmut Käutner
ProducerBernhard Eichhorn
Director of PhotographyIgor Oberberg

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell