Dir. Kenneth Branagh. 1996, 238 mins. 70mm. With Kenneth Branagh, Kate Winslet, Julie Christie, Michael Maloney, Derek Jacobi, Richard Briers, Judi Dench, Gérard Depardieu, Richard Attenborough, Brian Blessed, Billy Crystal, Robin Wiliams, John Gielgud, Rufus Sewell, Timothy Spall, Charlton Heston. Among the greatest works of literature, and one of the most frequently adapted works in the history of cinema, William Shakespeare’s Hamlet had never been filmed in its complete unabridged version—until Kenneth Branagh went about the task for this lavish, star-studded 1996 production. Set within the vast, cold interiors of a vaguely nineteenth-century manor, the film stars Branagh as the melancholy son of the Danish court, along with a Who’s Who of late twentieth-century master thespians, including Christie, Jacobi, Dench, Depardieu, Gielgud, and a young Winslet as the aggrieved Ophelia, all captured in sumptuous 70mm.
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