Hamlet is a ghost story - so why has nobody ever told it as one?
In Fodor's Hamlet emphasis is put on the nightmarish ether of the play, setting it in a surrealistic no-man's land.
Rather than following traditional, schoolbook definitions of characters, these are ripped apart. So, for example, the traditionally weak Ophelia, is now dominated by her elder sister Polonia (normally a male comic role) who supplies her with addictive drugs to cement that control. Hamlet's father, The Ghost (normally an heroic victim) is now a vicious psychopath, manipulating his own son to gain brutal vengeance on his murderer, Claudius.
And yet not a single line is added or changed, the difference is how they are delivered - naturalistically with the emphasis on making sure an audience who may never even have heard a single line of Shakespeare accept it as though it is merely an alternative accent of English.
- Type of film
- Running Time
- 112 mins
- Alexander Fodor
- Paul Allan-Slade
- Marc Nicholls
- Emeke Nwokedi
- Director of Photography
- Diego Indraccolo
- Paul Walsh
- Joe Lyske
- Principal Cast
- William Belchambers, James Frail, Lydia Piechowiak, Alan Hanson, Jason Wing
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Last updated 27th November 2006