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- Dashiell B.
At the 21st Academy Awards, this adaptation of Shakespeare's story proved that the English can make a Best Picture Winner. Olivier became the first performer to direct himself in an Oscar-winning performance, doing outstanding work as the Danish Prince, Simmons was nominated for her supporting performance. Won two additional Oscars for striking B/W costumes and production design. Although drastically shortened, this is still a compelling and magnificent adaptation of one of Shakespeare's greatest tragedy's. I give it a 4.5/5.
Hamlet through one director's eye
- Oliver Cutshaw
Very good adaptation, but as with any film it reflects the director's vision of Hamlet. All very dark, murky, POV at times. Great cast and excellent film, but I always found it a bit plodding. Still it has many excellent qualities and I would certainly say to any Shakespeare buff take a look. Some films age well and some don't. For example the Romeo and Juliet version from MGM with Norma Shearer in the late 1930's now seems rather hammy. 60 years after it was released, this film may not seem all that fresh, innovative, and vital to many contemporary viewers. But it has interesting sets, style and performances, so hang in there, you may like it. (Young Peter Cushing of Hammer fame can be seen late in the film as an obnoxious gadfly courtier, and the young Jean Simmons is very good, very lovely.)
- Steve Myers
Much over rated version of Hamlet. Olivier plays the prince as a forty-yearold homosexual. Other actors passable. Olivier pronounces Elizabethan English with an OxBridge or Upper U accent. Skip it and read the play.
- Jay Higgins
Brilliant filming of the Shakespeare play, the acting by all is incredible. Effective cinematography, well written and directed. Creative art direction. A masterpiece, won the Oscar for best picture.
THIS IS THE GREATIST HAMLET EVER TO GRACE THE SILVER SCREEN.LAURENCE OLIVER LIVES UP TO HIS CREDIT AS THE WORLDS GREATIST BARD.I SUGGEST THAT EVERYONE SHOULD VIEW IT.