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Shakespeare in Performance: Film

Hamlet (1989, Melvyn Bragg)

Release LocationsGB
DirectorMelvyn Bragg
MediumColor video
Play ConnectionsHamlet (documentary)


A documentary that explores the popularity and appeal of Hamlet. "After introductory remarks, [Producer] Melvin Bragg summarizes the plot using illustrative clips, exploring the question of Hamlet's possible madness and the Oedipus complex. The film juxtaposes actors' interpretations of soliloquies and directors' views of the play. . . . Highlights are [Pryce's] internalized ghost and Rylance's Hamlet, whose head is submerged in a basin by Claudius as he asks where Polonius' body is" (Tatspaugh, Patricia. "Notes from London." SFNL 14.1 [Dec. 1989]: 7)

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

CastJohn Barton
CastMelvyn Bragg
CastRon Daniels
CastRichard Eyre
CastTyrone Guthrie
CastYuri Lyubimov
CastCharles Marowitz
CastMichael Pennington
CastMark Rylance
CastOrson Welles

Production Team and Crew Overview

DirectorMelvyn Bragg
ProducerChris Hunt
EditorMelvyn Bragg

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell