Sir Laurence Olivier directs, produces, co-writes and stars in this critically acclaimed film version of William Shakespeare's greatest tragedy. For years, there have been countless interpretations of the Bard's sumptuous work of love, revenge, family loyalty and betrayal.
Olivier does the Bard justice in this 2/1/2 hour masterpiece. While cutting some of Hamlet's soliloquies ("How all occasions do inform against me, and spur my dull revenge...," etc) and other famous lines ("O, what a noble mind is here o'erthrown...," etc), completely eliminating Rosencrantz, Guildenstern, Fortinbras, Cornelius and Voltimand, Olivier nevertheless retains the central aspect of the play: Hamlet and the darkness surrounding him after his father's death. Well-done.
This film is an excellent alternative for those who find Kenneth Branagh's excellent 4 hour version too long. Personally, I think both are well-filmed interpretations. Skip Zeferelli's and enjoy the Masters Of Shakespeare: Sir Laurence Olivier & Kenneth Branagh.
I would recommend this to a friend
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