Re: Foreign Film Hamlet

John Holland (
Fri, 28 Sep 2001 07:11:38 -0700 (PDT)

Kurosawa's "The Bad Sleep Well", available from Home Vision Cinema, is loosely
based on Hamlet - a young executive in corporate Japan slowing avenging the
murder of his CEO father - but it is even freer in its adaptation than "Ran" is
to "King Lear". There is also a Soviet "Hamlet" by Kozintsev (double check the
transliteration, I have run across many), which is one of the best "Hamlet"
films I have ever seen, including a terrific score by Shostakovich.

Cummings Cathleen wrote:

> One of our instructors is looking for a foreign adaptation (non
> American/Great Britain) of Hamlet. On Facets website I found a 1921,
> German, silent adaptation but think he's looking for something a little
> more modern. It doesn't appear that Kurosawa did Hamlet...any suggestions?
> I'm checking out for the day but hope that when I log on in the a.m the
> coffee will have kicked in and you all will have joined in the quest. Thank
> you.
> ~Cath
> Cathleen Cummings
> Media Resources Specialist
> Santa Rosa Junior College

John Holland
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Chicago Public Library
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