Radical Shakespeare: Why do we get him so wrong?

By Pauline Kiernan

A timely study which restores the revolutionary message of Shakespeare's art.

Tuesday, 30 May 2023

Ingmar Bergman's Hamlet on Stage

Many reasons to love Ingmar Bergman's stage production of 'Hamlet' which I saw at the NT in 1987 in Swedish with no subtitles - it worked.
A major one: Ophelia became a more central character than is usually the case. She was on the stage all the time, even in the scenes in which she had no speaking part, a dumbstruck, terrified witness to the action. It was Bergman's vision of the young woman's painful experience of the world's brutality. Bergman brought out the terrifying violence of Shakespeare's script.
Peter Stormare as Hamlet, Pernilla August as Ophelia.
August, one of Sweden's leading actors, won the Best Actress Award at the 1992 Cannes Film Festival for her role in his The Best Intentions. She is best known internationally for portraying Shmi Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace and Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones.

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