Kevin Kline directs this 1990 New York Shakespeare Festival production of HAMLET, a production that received great critical acclaim during its stage run. This version was specially produced for television, and all the strengths of the production, mainly its fine cast of daring actors, shine through. Kline stars as Hamlet, the tortured prince, along with Dana Ivey as Gertrude and Brian Murray as Claudius, and this trio of principals take on the classic material with a vigor and freshness rarely seen in other, glossier, filmed versions of the play.
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With a daring and depth few of his American contemporaries seem prepared to match, Kevin Kline stars in and directs "Hamlet" for the New York Shakespeare Festival. Now with the felicitous addition of Kirk Browning as co-director, he has brought his indelible "Hamlet" to television where, as The New York Times stated, "It is eloquent, moving and at times thrilling. The shrewdly edited version uses tight close-ups and captures small crowd scenes without a sense of confinement. The teleplay flows with commendable grace from beginning to end, all urged on by Kline's intelligent interpretation."