Sunday, September 19, 2010

Russian Hamlet

Grigori Kozintsev directed Boris Pasternak's translation of Hamlet in this movie, released in 1964. This Wikipedia Article does a good job (I think) of talking about how it was adapted and the style used. Noticeably, the Russian version focuses heavily on the political aspects of Hamlet, which is something we discussed in class (Eastern European appropriations focusing more heavily on political messages).

If anyone is interested, the entire movie (in 15 parts) can be found on youtube, starting from here


  1. Hey Sheina, can you explain to me how you do the posting of hyperlinks ? I can't seem to figure that out, I have found interesting Shakespeare related links, but am bad at posting them.

    thanks !

  2. I'm glad you brought this up - it's on our syllabus, and we'll be having a required screening in November. If you watch it on YouTube meanwhile, notice the fantastic score: it's by Dmitri Shostakovich.