Film Screening and Discussion: Shakespeare in Russia

Hamlet (Russian: Гамлет, tr. Gamlet)

is a 1964 film adaptation in Russian of William Shakespeare’s play of the same title, based on a translation by Boris Pasternak. It was directed by Grigori Kozintsev and Iosif Shapiro, and stars Innokenty Smoktunovsky as Prince Hamlet.


Co-written by Pasternak and with a Shostakovich score, this late work of a Soviet hallmark, and Shakespeare enthusiast (who also adapted this play for the stage earlier) is regarded as his finest piece.

In Russian with English subtitles.

Introduction and discussion: Natalia Rubinstein, in Russian, English translation is provided by Ludmila Razumova.

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