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About the Film
Multi award-winning film of the classic Shakespearean 'play within a play' starring Laurence Olivier and Jean Simmons. Hamlet’s father, the King of Denmark, dies suddenly, and his throne has been taken by the dead King’s brother Claudius, who immediately marries Gertrude the dead King’s widow. Hamlet suspects that his father was murdered by Claudius and Gertrude and his suspicion is strengthened by the news that his father’s ghost has been seen haunting the Castle of Elsinore. One night, on the castle battlements, the ghost reveals that he was indeed murdered, and makes Hamlet swear to avenge him. Hamlet arranges for a troupe of travelling actors to stage a reconstruction of the murder, hoping that Claudius will break down and incriminate himself. The idea succeeds but Hamlet still cannot bring himself to kill Claudius. During this time Hamlet has been troubled by his love for Ophelia the young daughter of Polonius.
This is a wonderful example of great shakespearian acting even though this is a shortened version of the original play. Even though the budget was minuscule the acting shines through.