The film shows Kronborg as it must have looked to Shakespeare when he visited the castle, if indeed he did, three centuries ago. The filmmakers run with the idea of Shakespeare visiting Hamlet’s Castle and give it filmic expression. The past returns as King Frederik II and his court gather in the Great Hall to watch a play by Shakespeare. In the wings stands the Bard of Avon and, as the past fades away, only he remains in the hall. A look into the castle-yard gives him proof of his plays’ immortality. –carlthdreyer.dk
Director of photography, film director, producer, 14 August 1922 – 19 September 1998.
Roos grew up in a creative environment with an older brother, Karl Roos (1914-1951), who, in 1936, with Theodor Christensen, published the first real Danish work of film theory, Film. By 1939, Roos was working as a professional director of photographer. In 1947, he extended his field of activity to screenwriting, producing and directing, when he, along with Dreyer and Søren Melson, was put on contract with Dansk Kulturfilm and the Ministerial Film Committee (Roos’ and Melson’s contracts expired in November 1950). From 1970-1978, he co-headed Minerva Film, with Sten Hasager.
The first collaboration between Dreyer and Roos – as director and DP, respectively – was the adaptation of a short story by Johannes V. Jensen, Naaede de Færgen? (“Did They Catch the Ferry?”), published on 24 December 1925 in the Social-Demokraten newspaper. Its title changed to the affirmative They Caught the Ferry… read more