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Winner of four Academy Awards, Lawrence Olivier’s take as the Danish Prince with a guilty conscious and a serious case of the blues is considered by many as the version that other actors must measure their performances against. This classic tale of retribution spins a bloody tale of revenge as the Prince is goaded into assassinating his duplicitous Uncle Claudius by the ghost of his father, King Hamlet. One of Shakespeare’s most well know and oft quoted play’s outside of Macbeth, Olivier brings a palatable sense of forlorn and dread to Hamlet’s now famous ’To Be or Not to Be?’ soliloquy.
Winner of four Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Actor for Lawrence Olivier
The film will be introduced by Dr David McInnis, English and Theatre Studies, University of Melbourne, on 20 July, and Dr Mark Nicholls, Screen and Cultural Studies, University of Melbourne on 22 July.
This season is presented in association with the University of Melbourne as part of their Shakespeare 400 Melbourne program.
Shakespeare on Film was made possible with program partners The British Council and the British Film Institute.
Laurence Olivier, 1948, 153 mins, UK, DCP, English. Courtesy Park Circus.