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Timon of Athens
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Available versions

1948: Laurence Olivier

1964: Philip Saville

1964: Bill Colleran, John Gielgud

1964: Grigori Kozintsev

1969: Tony Richardson

1976: Celestino Coronada

1980: Rodney Bennett

1990: Kevin Kline

1990: Franco Zeffirelli

1996: Kenneth Branagh

2000: Michael Almereyda

2000: Campbell Scott, Eric Simonson

2002: Peter Brook

2003: Michael Mundell

2007: Alexander Fodor

2009: Simon Bowler

2009: Gregory Doran

2011: Bruce Ramsay

2014: Adam Hall

2015: Sarah Frankcom, Margaret Williams

2015: Dick Douglass, Obie Dean

2016: Jennifer Nicole Stang

2016: Simon Godwin


Adaptations

1992: Natalya Orlova, Dave Edwards (animated)

2004: Hamlet (opera, Ambroise Thomas)


Production drama

2003: Slings and Arrows (Season 1)


Educational

1990: Discovering Hamlet

2010: This is Hamlet

2013: Shakespeare Uncovered (Season 1, Ep. 6)


Related

1990: Rosencrantz and Guildernstern are Dead

2008: Hamlet 2

2014: Hamlet A.D.D.


Hamlet
2007: Alexander Fodor

This is possibly the most ridiculous thing done under the name of Hamlet. It begins with a shot of Ophelia shooting up with some unspecified injectable drug, convulsing, and apparently dying. In the next scene she’s back again. Oddly enough, it doesn’t seem to matter one way or the other.

Most of its scenes are against a washed-out white background, and the colors in the view are over-saturated. It’s more or less pointless from top to bottom, and despite occasionally arresting imagery, it provides virtually no illumnation of the play. Different roles are given to different genders (e.g., Polonia) or numbers (Horatio appears to be two people, one of them male and the other female, though the person credited is female). At the beginning everyone is labeled as a chess piece (Claudius is the White King, Ophelia the Red Pawn, and so on). Where this leads later is unclear — it seems just to be another wanton display of undirected ingenuity. The score is hard-driving rock. None of the characters really seems to know what he or she is saying — they’re just words, stripped, for the most part, of both their intrinsic meaning and Shakespeare’s imparted musicality.

All in all there are some infinitesimal perceptions to be garnered from this film, but it’s not worth your time as a first or even a tenth pass at the play. It is arguably a greater detriment than a benefit to the viewable corpus. At least one reviewer classed it as “Kafkaesque”. I think that’s a disservice to both Shakespeare and Kafka. I’m sure it’s meant to be very edgy. To me, it’s merely pretentious and boring.


Assassin: Patrick Schmick

Bernardo: Thomas Matthews

Claudius: Alan Hanson

Gertrude: Di Sherlock

Guildenstern: Simon Nader

Hamlet: Wilson Belchambers

Horatio: Katie Reddin-Clancy

Laertes: Jason Wing

Marchellus: Keaton Makki

Ophelia: Tallulah Sheffield

Osric: Max Davis

Polonia: Lydia Piechowiak

Reynaldo: Hanne Steen

The Ghost: James Frail

The Gravedigger: David Thompson

The Priest: Alexander Fodor