- Robert Nelson |
- 1982 |
- 21 minutes |
- B&W |
Rental Format(s): 16mm
Made by Robert Nelson, Dick Blau, and Joe Chang.
"Hamlet Act demonstrates what can be done when a film text is made to oppose a theatrical text, creating a new synthesis. The dialectic oppositions set up between film/video, film/theatre, video/theatre, and film/video/theatre create a total transformation of Hamlet from its pre-20th century signification system to a contemporary signification system. Hamlet, caught in the web of psychological forces is seen, through his position between film/video/theatre, as a metaphor for contemporary technology." (Owen Shapiro)
"Hamlet Act is a remarkably staged excerpt from Shakespeare's play which brilliantly and artfully experiments with multiple layers of self-reference and (re)presentation." (Mark Toscano)