1990. USA/Great Britain/France. Franco Zeffirelli. 130 min.
Sunday, November 3, 2013, 2:30 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
1990. USA/Great Britain/France. Directed by Franco Zeffirelli. With Mel Gibson, Glenn Close, Alan Bates. Among Zeffirelli’s most accomplished works, this adaptation of Shakespeare’s iconic tragedy was much lauded by critics, who made special note of the film’s spectacular location photography and production design. The exteriors were shot in and around Scotland, with the Elsinore Castle silhouette flown in by helicopter. The Elsinore interiors, built in England’s Shepperton Studios, were based in large part on Dover Castle and constructed with an eye toward conveying Hamlet’s sense of claustrophobia. Ferretti’s luscious design, faithful to the Shakespearean era without feeling staid, resulted in his second Oscar nomination. 130 min.