Hamlet ★★★★½

After seeing so many bland and uninspiring Shakespeare adaptations, it is more than refreshing to see one where the film's visual language is as rich as the Bard's prose.

Here, the film form is used to expand and extend the potentials of theater, and every single shot, and more importantly the connection of images, is executed beautifully to convey the tragedy of the Dane more emotively than any theater performance could. This film does for Shakespeare what The Red Shoes does for ballet.

Eagerly looking forward to exploring Kozintsev's filmography more.

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