|Hamlet (1961 / 1999)|
|Writers:||Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy, Bill Corbett and Mary Jo Pehl|
|Starring:||Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy, Bill Corbett and Mary Jo Pehl|
|The Plot: Mike Nelson is trapped on the Sattelite of Love in outer space with his several robot pals and they are forced to regularly endure many bad movies. The only thing that makes this process bearable is the fact that they riff and crack jokes during the entire ordeal. When Pearl, the evil woman who forces Mike to watch these movies, loses a quick bet with Mike – he gets to choose the movie this week! When he chooses any theatrical version of Hamlet that Pearl wishes, he doesn’t realize that in 1961 there was a German television film made retelling Shakespeare’s incredibly popular play. What follows is the classic story of Hamlet, the Danish tragedy, only told in a very different way than the traditional.|
The actual quality of this Hamlet production isn’t that bad. I think if this were in its native German, this could possibly be one of the more interesting productions of a Shakespearean play for the cinema. No matter what antagonism you may hold for the movie because it made for a terrible episode of MST3K, there’s no question that this is a visually creative little film. The sets throughout the movie are all designed incredibly sparse and bring to life the theatrical background of the play. It looks very stripped down and features completely black backgrounds, with very Gothic and archaic dressing within the foreground. The general look gives the movie a bleak, depressing and slightly disturbing atmosphere, which may very well translate into a very watchable version of this Shakespearean classic. Although Hamlet has always been a very dark and morbid story, without even trying this production gives it the truly horrific tone that it probably deserves.