HAMLET (1969)
1969, Sony Repertory, 117 min, UK, Dir: Tony Richardson

Shakespeare’s classic tragedy gets the Tony Richardson treatment (brought to the screen after a successful stage run of Richardson’s own production in London), and stars Nicol Williamson in the titular role, with Anthony Hopkins as King Claudius and Marianne Faithfull as Ophelia.

HAMLET (1996)
1996, Warner Bros., 242 min, UK, USA, Dir: Kenneth Branagh

Director Kenneth Branagh updates Shakespeare's classic to the second half of the 19th century and presents it in all its unedited glory in this epic treatment, one of the last films to be shot in 70mm. Actor Branagh shines in the title role, but director Branagh wisely surrounds himself with an astonishing supporting cast that includes Julie Christie, Sir Derek Jacobi, Kate Winslet, Rufus Sewell, Charlton Heston, John Gielgud ... and even Robin Williams and Billy Crystal! Not to be missed on the big screen.

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