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213 Ratings



Directed by Grigori Kozintsev
Soviet Union, 1964


Grigori Kozintsev’s renowned Soviet production ranks among the finest adaptations of Shakespeare on film. His strong visual style places the characters on a rich widescreen canvas while preserving the inward dimension of Hamlet’s character.

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Hamlet Directed by Grigori Kozintsev

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

1964 | 2 wins including: Best Actor (New Cinema Award)

BFI London Film Festival

1964 | Winner: Sutherland Trophy

National Board of Review

1967 | Winner: Top Foreign Films

BAFTA Awards

1966 | 2 nominations including: Best Film from any Source

Critics reviews

Critic Robin Wood recently cited this stunning 1964 Russian version of Shakespeare’s tragedy as the only one that “could be claimed as having the stature, as film, that the play has as theatre,” and it’s easy to see what he means… This runs 140 minutes but feels more stripped-down for brisk action than such vanity productions as Laurence Olivier’s and Kenneth Branagh’s, and consequently may be more compelling as narrative.
August 17, 2001
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