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HAMLET (1948) Review – ***½

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“This is the tragedy of a man who could not make up his mind.” (Source)

The quintessential Shakespearean actor of his time, playing the quintessential Shakespearean character in the quintessential Shakespearean play—directing it as well, and adapting/heavily cutting the text? It’s hard to imagine a classier enterprise, and the Academy agreed, giving the film Best Picture and Olivier Best Actor, the only Shakespearean film and performance to be so honored.

But how does it hold up 70 years after the fact?

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Trailer Salad III: THE POSTMAN’S WHITE NIGHTS, PASOLINI (NSFW), NAS: TIME IS ILLMATIC, BIG GAME, YOU’RE NOT YOU, THE EQUALIZER, CYMBELINE, GIRLHOOD

I didn’t even know about this until just today, and then it wins the Silver Lion (the Best Director prize) at Venice! Andrei Konchalovsky’s had an up-and-down career, from the awesomeness of Runaway Train to the wretchedness of The Nutcracker in 3D. But this looks absolutely marvelous, a look at a strange, almost magical (but not necessarily in a faeries-and-unicorns way) world–possibly there will be some nods to Russia’s vast folkloric heritage. And the cinematography and score appear to be top-notch. Very, very excited to see this.

But wait, there’s more!

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