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Christopher Plummer is joined by an all-star cast including Michael Caine, Robert Shaw, Donald Sutherland and Roy Kinnear in this historic production of Hamlet filmed on location at Elsinore, Denmark, the actual location where the play is set. Fresh off his smash hit performance in Rogers and Hammerstein's The Sound of Music, Christopher Plummer was nominated for an Emmy Award for his standout performance as the tragic Danish prince in Hamlet at Elsinore, the only production of Shakespeare's masterpiece ever filmed at Elsinore. This truly unique and thrilling production has not been seen in North America since its original premiere in 1966 on NET, the precursor to PBS, and is a must own for fans of the Bard.]]>
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Director Philip Saville's production was considered "radical" in many aspects. It was filmed at Elsinore Castle, where the play takes place. Many scenes were filmed outdoors. A lot of the play is set at night; directly against the crashing waves of the sea. The black and white photography is, of course, well-suited to the dark story. The supporting cast is excellent. Michael Caine, two years away from his breakout role in "Alfie", is an especially devoted Horatio. Dyson Lovell is a youthful, fresh-faced Laertes.Read more ›
The rest of the cast is fantastic as well. It's fun to see Michael Caine in the role of Horatio, as it's the first time he's ever tackled Shakespeare on film. Not surprisingly, he gives the dialog a kind of naturalistic delivery. In other words, he's not delivering the lines poetically, but practically. It works quite well. His best scene is easily the finale, in which his Horatio breaks down emotionally. I don't think you'll find a more powerful Horatio than this one.
Robert Shaw was a huge surprise as Claudius. I knew he was a fine actor, but his prose is wonderfully delivered. Add to that his dynamic screen presence and you've got a truly magnificent Claudius. I mean, this is a role famously played by Derek Jacobi, Alan Bates and Patrick Stewart among many others. Yet Shaw may have surpassed them all (although I do love Jacobi's take).
I don't know much about June Tobin or Jo Maxwell Muller, but their performances as Gertrude and Ophelia respectively are quite perfect as well. Both are incredibly sympathetic and touching at times.Read more ›
Plummer gives us the complete Prince where others have given us parcels. He has looks, presence, breeding, charm, athleticism, wit and consummate grace. He also has a touch of the feminine (which works well for Hamlet), yet is incontestably virile. This is important: one mustn't feel that Hamlet's fitful misogyny springs from congenital attraction to his own sex. There is no doubt that Plummer could have happily married Ophelia in a better world than Denmark. Nor is there any doubt of his capacity for martial exploits if his mind could deem them authentic. "Hamlet does not think too much but too well," and Plummer has the capacity (lacking in Gibson, Branagh and Hawke) to convey a subtle and probing mind. Michael Pennington (1980) was more intellectual, Derek Jacobi quirkier in his line-readings, but neither combined thought and surprise with sexual incandescence as Plummer does.Read more ›
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I have seen almost every performance of Hamlet available on DVD, and each one has something special to offer, and most have, like the hero, some flaw which makes them less than... Read morePublished 3 months ago by B. Marold
Plummer is the best Hamlet I've seen, crazy, unpredictable, he owns the role. Horatio is a difficult part but Caine brings it to life. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Nicodemus
This is a wonderful production. Plummer's Hamlet is second only to that of Olivier. (Gawd, they were handsome. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Linda Inglis
First saw this Hamlet on television years ago as a seventh grade assignment - it had just been produced - 1963 (?). Read morePublished 7 months ago by A. E. W.
A number of great Hamlets are out there, and Plummer is certainly one of them.Published 10 months ago by Allen from Seattle
There are excellent reviews here that say it all. I have studied Shakespeare for years and "Hamlet" in particular -- written, on the boards and in film. Read morePublished 11 months ago by M. Southwick
It took me fifty years to get hold of this so I could watch it at home again. I saw it when it was first aired in 1964 and spent many years trying to track down the recording. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Mr. Kenneth G. Davies
Can anyone tell me if this DVD is from the original 625 line videotape master, mastered on 2 inch reel-to-reel videotape, or from the 35 mm film tele-recording of the original (a... Read morePublished on January 16, 2014 by Monitor Production In Sound