Film Review: Hamlet (1961)

Also known as: Hamlet, Prinz von Dänemark (original German title)
Release Date: January 1st, 1961 (West Germany)
Directed by: Franz Peter Wirth
Written by: Franz Peter Wirth
Based on: Hamlet by William Shakespeare
Music by: Rolf Unkel
Cast: Maximilian Schell, Hans Caninenberg, Wanda Rotha, Dunja Movar, Franz Schafheitlin, Karl Michael Vogler, Eckart Dux, Karl Lieffen, Alexander Engel, Paul Verhoeven

Bavaria Atelier, 152 Minutes

Review:

This adaptation of Hamlet actually was fairly well regarded before it was lampooned in the final season of Mystery Science Theater 3000. But to be honest, and this isn’t due to me seeing this get riffed to death by Mike and the ‘Bots, this version of Hamlet really isn’t that great. In fact, it’s boring as hell and Hamlet is a story I have always liked.

Still, this is just dreadful overall. I wanted to be fair to it but even watching it with MST3K commentary was a tough task. At least the comedic bits around the commercial breaks were funny.

There are so many versions of Hamlet that wasting your time on this one isn’t recommended. In fact, I could name a dozen that I would put ahead of this version.

This movie is one of the drabbest that MST3K has ever featured. If I were making a list of the worst of the worst films featured on that show, this could possibly be ranked numero uno. I found it to be literally unwatchable yet I probably deserve a medal because I got all the way through it.

This obviously needs to be ran through the Cinespiria Shitometer. The results read,”Type 4 Stool: Like a sausage or snake, smooth and soft.”

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