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Germany, German, 131 mins

  • Director: Svend Gade; Heinz Schall
  • Writer: Erwin Gepard; William Shakespeare
  • Producer: Asta Nielsen

CGiii Comment

A ‘colourised’ silent film from the era of the Weimar Republic. Queen Gertrude gives birth to a girl, and on hearing rumours of the King’s death on the battlefeld, passes the newborn off as a boy to secure her line. The King returns, but too late to avert the intrigue, and so Hamlet is raised a man. The drama remains otherwise loyal to Shakespeare, except of course for the titillating reinterpretation of Hamlet’s relationship to Horatio and Ophelia.


Cast & Characters

Asta Nielsen as Hamlet;
Paul Conradi as Konig Hamlet;
Mathilde Brandt as Konigin Gertrude;
Eduard von Winterstein as Claudius;
Heinz Stieda as Horatio;
Hans Junkermann as Polonius;
Anton De Verdier as Laertes;
Lilly Jacobson as Ophelia;
Fritz Achterberg as Fortinbras,

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