Hamlet Overview:

Hamlet (1948) was a Drama - Film Adaptation Film directed by Laurence Olivier and produced by Anthony Bushell, Herbert Smith and Reginald Beck.

Academy Awards 1948 --- Ceremony Number 21 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActorLaurence OlivierWon
Best Supporting ActressJean SimmonsNominated
Best Art DirectionArt Direction: Roger K. Furse; Set Decoration: Carmen DillonWon
Best Costume DesignRoger K. FurseWon
Best DirectorLaurence OlivierNominated
Best Music - ScoringWilliam WaltonNominated
Best PictureJ. Arthur Rank-Two Cities FilmsWon
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Hamlet (1948): A Medieval Film Noir

By Amanda Garrett on Mar 1, 2016 From Old Hollywood Films

Today, I'm commemorating the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death a bit early (it's April 23) with a look at Laurence Olivier's film noir-inspired take on the bard's great tragedy, Hamlet. This article is part of the In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb Blogathon hosted by MovieMovieBlogBl... Read full article


Hamlet (1948)

By Beatrice on Apr 10, 2015 From Flickers in Time

Hamlet Directed by Laurence Olivier Written by William Shakespeare 1948/UK Two Cities Films Repeat viewing/Amazon Instant You couldn’t ask for a better traditional version of Hamlet than this one. ?The acting is very big and stagey but I think that’s the point. Hamlet Prince of Denm... Read full article


Hamlet Isn’t Dead: The Taming Of The Shrew – A Personal Kickstarter Appeal

By Michael on Nov 14, 2013 From Durnmoose Movie Musings

Ok, you guys know that I usually try to keep the personal side of my life out of the blogging side, except for where it relates to movies and TV shows, but I hope you’ll forgive me taking just a moment here to promote something near and dear to my heart. Earlier this year, my son David and som... Read full article


Hamlet (1)

By RBuccicone on Oct 15, 2010 From MacGuffin Movies

Hamlet (1948) ???? In making Hamlet, Laurence Olivier was credited?with, more than anyone else, introducing Shakespeare to the mass public at the time, and rightfully so. Not only does Olivier star in this film adaptation of a brooding young man attempting to prove his uncle murdered his father in p... Read full article


Hamlet (1948)

By Judy on Jul 10, 2010 From Movie Classics

Laurence Olivier as Hamlet I’m not going to say a lot about this film,?but, as part of my mini-Shakespeare season,?just wanted briefly?to?record that I’ve re-watched the Olivier Hamlet?and enjoyed it very much – it is?much better than his first Shakespearean film role in As You Lik... Read full article


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Quotes from

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: Frailty, thy name is woman.


Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: Do you see yonder cloud that looks like a camel?
Polonius, Lord Chamberlain: By the mass, 'tis like a camel indeed.
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: Methinks it looks like a weasel.


Marcellus: [referring to the Ghost] Peace, break thee off. Look where it comes again!
Bernardo: In the same figure, like the dead King Hamlet.


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Facts about

The final scene to be filmed was the famous shot of Laurence Olivier jumping off a high tower onto Claudius and killing him, because it was considered to be so dangerous that it was feared that Olivier would injure himself too badly performing the stunt to film any other scenes. Olivier emerged uninjured from the leap, but the stuntman doubling as Claudius was knocked out from the impact and lost two teeth.
Desmond Dickinson had a very maneuverable camera dolly specially made for this film with Pneumatic tires. It was the first of its kind in England.
Initially, Laurence Olivier was not keen on producing "Hamlet". Although he wanted to repeat the success of The Chronicle History of King Henry the Fift with His Battell Fought at Agincourt in France, he found that the Danish play was the only really viable choice, as Orson Welles had just done Macbeth and was prepping The Tragedy of Othello: The Moor of Venice. By casting himself in the lead, however, he was able to secure the necessary financing.
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