Shakespeare Film Series: Hamlet (1949)

Sir Laurence Olivier directed and starred in Hamlet (1949). As the first non-American film to win an Academy Award for Best Picture, its stark black and white designs reflect the desire to present the stories of Shakespeare as epics existing outside of timeā€”an approach that mirrors the designs of Edward Gordon Craig and Norman Bel Geddes featured in the exhibition. Cline Curator of Theater and Performing Arts Eric Colleary introduces the film. Run time 155 minutes, not rated.