Asta Nielsen plays the Dane, in her own inimitable way.
Asta Nielsen, Lilly Jacobson, Heinz Stieda
Germany 1921. 110min
English subtitles with live piano accompaniment by Cyrus Gabrysch
If there’s no greater dramatic role than Hamlet, then this Danish star was bound to follow the lead of Sarah Bernhardt and play Shakespeare’s most famous hero. In this flexible-minded adaptation, the prince is truly a woman in disguise. Nielsen’s androgyny and emotional range come to the fore in a Shakespeare film that challenges both gender roles and patriarchal authority.
Digitisation of the print restored in 2006 by the DFF – Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum.
The screening on Saturday 5 March will be introduced by Prof Judith Buchanan.