Re: Foreign Film Hamlet

John McInnes (
Sat, 29 Sep 2001 09:06:07 -0700 (PDT)

Finnish director Aki Kaurismaki took an approach similar to Kurosawa's
(and Michael Almereyda's) with his 1987 HAMLET LIIKEMAAILMASSA (aka HAMLET
GOES BUSINESS). To the best of my knowledge, it's never been available in
any video format. Can any distributors confirm or deny?

John McInnes
Mount Prospect Public Library

On Fri, 28 Sep 2001, John Holland wrote:

> 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
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> John Holland
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