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Gamlet (Hamlet) (1964)




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Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, returns home to find his father murdered by Claudius, Hamlet's uncle. Claudius usurps the throne of Denmark, and marries Hamlet's recently widowed mother. Hamlet is tormented, haunted, and increasingly unstable.

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Critic Reviews for Gamlet (Hamlet)

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (2)

It is a spectacle, in the main-a large, mobile, realistic rendering of the melodramatic action of the play-that depends entirely for its impact upon its striking scenery, the physical sweep of its performance and the grand effects...

November 20, 2019 | Full Review…

There's a genuine cinematic imagination at work here.

November 20, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It is the fluency with which the poetry has been translated to the visual, the careful orchestration of speech and movement, [that] makes this an outstanding movie.

February 4, 2020 | Full Review…

It may lack the depth of other film versions, but the images, enriched by the dramatic Shostokovich music, are bold and powerful...

November 20, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Innokenti Smoktunovski looks a little like Richard Burton and plays the part in the Burton style, only better, as a vigorous type who is much more at home with horses and women than with ideas.

August 13, 2019 | Full Review…

One of the better versions of Hamlet.

September 4, 2007 | Rating: A | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Gamlet (Hamlet)

I recommend that others view this Russian Hamlet with very modest expectations. I did not find this version to live up to the rave reviews posted. When I put in the disc I was thinking of other great Russian films such as Andrei Rublev (Tarkovsky) or Ivan the Terrible (Eisenstein).This film is not a masterwork. The makeup and the sound are amateurish. The sets are grand in scope but the interiors are lacking in quality. The production most readily invites comparison to the Olivier version and obviously comes up short. But this is by no means an awful version. As with any production, it is interesting to note the choices made and the differences in how the characters are portrayed. Lovers of Shakespeare and Hamlet should not pass this version up.

Robert Brogan
Robert Brogan

Super Reviewer

Perhaps the best and most captivating on-screen adaptation of Shakespeare's Hamlet. Kenneth Branagh's performance blew me away!

Janice :d
Janice :d

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