Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A 1920 Gender-bending Silent Film Hamlet

What if Hamlet is secretly... a woman?

David Hansen writes: Hamlet is a 1920 film adaptation of the William Shakespeare play of the same name starring Danish silent film actor Asta Nielsen.

In this interpretation, inspired by Dr. Edward P. Vining's book The Mystery of Hamlet, Hamlet is born female and disguised as a male to preserve the lineage. Though a radical interpretation, the New York Times said this film, "holds a secure place in class with the best."

It was directed by Svend Gade and Heinz Schall.

Final paper topic, anyone?

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