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Time Time148 mins
LanguageRussian
Hamlet Part 1
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Kozintsev’s obsession with the great writer led him to ‘not adapt Shakespeare to the cinema but the cinema to Shakespeare.’ The result of this is a starkly powerful adaptation of one of literature’s greatest tragedies. Shot in black and white, the fierce Baltic landscapes and ornate costumes underscore the spectacle of grief, madness and tragedy. Boris Pasternak’s acclaimed translation and a haunting soundtrack from Dmitri Shostakovitch, add to one of the greatest film versions of Shakespeare in any language.

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Awards and Festivals
Jury Prize
Award Laurel
1964
Awarded to Grigory Kozintsev,
Venice Film Festival
Lenin Prize
Award Laurel
1965
Awarded to G. Kozintsev and I. Smoktunovsky
Nomination
Award Laurel
1964
Grigory Kozintsev for the Golden Lion Prize,
Venice Film Festival
BAFTA Nomination
Award Laurel
1966
"Best Film" and "Best Foreign Actor",
British Academy of Film and Television Awards
Prize
Award Laurel
1966
Femina Prize, Belgium
Cast and Crew