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August 26, 2018
Review - Hamlet Off-Broadway:

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  • In, Tony Wilson quotes the T. S. Eliot poem "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" claiming, 'I am not Prince Hamlet, nor was I meant to be' when he discusses missing crucial information in his own semi-biographical film.
  • Egyptian director Youssef Chahine frequently cites from Hamlet in his films. His films Alexandria... Why? (1978) and Alexandria... New York(2004) feature performances of soliloquies. In Alexandria Again and Forever (1990), Hamlet appears as a film within the film.
  • The 2006 Chinese film (also known as Legend of the Black Scorpion) has a storyline closely based on the story of Hamlet.
  • In the 2009 animated movie, two characters deliver part of Hamlet's 'What a piece of work is a man' speech while performing a trapeze act.
  • In, the fifth episode of the saga, Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) tries to reassemble the body of the droid C-3PO body while imprisoned in Cloud City. At one point, Chewbacca holds C-3PO's head in much the same way that Hamlet is traditionally depicted as holding Yorick's skull. This reference was intentional on the part of the director.
  • In Ingmar Bergman's, the children's father is rehearsing the part of the Ghost for a production of the play when he dies, and then appears to Alexander later in the film as an actual ghost. The play's plot is also referenced in other ways, including Alexander's hatred for and confrontation with his new stepfather. A character even explicitly tells Alexander that he is not Hamlet.
  • Tom Stoppard has a short entitled, , which includes Philip Seymour Hoffman in the cast. The fifteen-minute version is followed by an even shorter version.
  • The play has been referenced in the 2003 remake of . In an English class, the play is discussed, and in the course of the scene, the quote from the 1948 film starring Laurence Olivier is used as the answer to the question 'Describe the character of Hamlet.' The answer: 'A man who couldn't make up his mind.'
  • In, Union Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain recites Hamlet's speech 'What a piece of work is man. How infinite in faculties and form, and movement... How express and admirable. In action how like an angel' while discussing slavery. To which Sergeant Kilrain responds: 'Well, if he's an angel, all right then... But he damn well must be a killer angel.'
  • The 1995 film retells the story of Hamlet entirely in rhyming couplets, mimicking the style of the book by Dr. Seuss.
  • The 2008 film briefly mentions Hamlet merely as a device to be a companion with Jesus in a time machine. otherwise from that, there are very few similarities.
  • The plot of 2012 Indian Malayalam film (The Warrior) is adapted from Hamlet. It is so far the only Indian adaptation of the tragedy.
  • Themes and plot elements from the Disney film are inspired by Hamlet.
  • The horror movie features a dream sequence where the teenage heroine is in class listening to another student recite dialogue from Hamlet, 'I could be bounded in a nutshell and count myself king of infinite space, were it not that I have bad dreams.'
  • The movie alluded to Hamlet by quoting directly from the play: 'Doubt thou the stars are fire, doubt that the sun doth move . . .' and 'words, words, words.'
  • featured mentally ill soldiers in an asylum, one of whom wants to stage an all-dog production of Hamlet — the title role, of course, going to a Great Dane.
  • In both the and of The Producers, Max Bialystock's musical Funny Boy closes on opening night. It is supposedly a musical version of Hamlet.
  • Hamlet features strongly in the film, in which Danny DeVito's character uses its plot and characters to introduce a group of under-achieving soldiers to critical thinking.
  • is a 2009 American independent film written and directed by Jordan Galland. The film's title refers to a fictitious play-within-the-movie, which is a comic reinterpretation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet and its aftermath.
  • In, Jeffrey Anderson (Kevin Kline) expresses his desire to perform a One-Man Hamlet, which he justifies by saying the whole thing is happening in Hamlet's head, so you only need one actor.
  • The title for (1991) is a reference to the soliloquy in Act 3, Scene 1 of . General Chang, a Klingon officer in the film, is additionally a Shakespeare aficionado who opines that Shakespearian works are best experienced in the 'original' Klingon. Indeed, Klingonists Nick Nicholas and Andrew Strader in 1996 published — a Klingon translation of the play. The Klingon version of the famous quote 'To be, or not to be', which Chang recites at a number of points in the film, is taH pagh taHbe' .
  • The 1983 comedy, , is loosely based on Hamlet. However, the state of Denmark is replaced by the ownership of Elsinore Brewery and Hamlet is portrayed as a woman.
  • Both film versions of To Be or Not to Be, (Ernst Lubitsch's in 1942 and Mel Brook's in 1983), use Hamlet's soliloquy as a major plot device.
  • The title and the concept of afterlife explored movie, (1998) starring Robin Williams, comes directly from Hamlet's 'To be or not to be' speech.
  • In the cult British comedy film, Withnail's uncle Monty reminisces about giving up acting on realising that he would 'never play the Dane' — how at that moment in a young man's life all ambition ceases. Withnail says it is a part he intends to play. The film finishes with Withnail in the rain making the speech from Hamlet 'I have of late, but wherefore I know not, lost all my mirth' to some captive wolves.
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