NYFF2: Grigori Kozintsev’s “Hamlet”

Hamlet

Today the Film Society of Lincoln Center's look back at the 50-year history of the New York Film Festival continues. Each week until the 50th edition of the festival in 2012 we will present a film from a different year of NYFF's past. This week, the Film Society will be screening Grigori Kozintsev's adaptation of Hamlet, from the second New York Film Festival in 1964.

Kozintsev's Hamlet started as a staged performance in 1954 at Leningrad's Pushkin Theatre. His take on the classic was based on a translation by Doctor Zhivago author Boris Pasternak. Kozintsev drastically changed it for the film version, condensing the text and focusing less on the title character's inner struggles and more on his political standing. Brilliantly acted, beauifully shot, and featuring an original score by Dimitri Shostakovich, this is a Hamlet like no other and should not be missed.

"50 Years of the New York Film Festival" will continue on Tuesday, October 25 (and every Tuesday after that) with Marco Bellocchio’s Fists in the Pocket, from the third edition of the festival in 1965.

Here is a list of all the films that played the second New York Film Festival in 1964:
Hamlet
Grigori Kozintsev, U.S.S.R., 1964

The Inheritance (La herencia)
Ricardo Alventosa, Argentina, 1963

Fail Safe
Sidney Lumet, USA, 1964

Nobody Waved Goodbye
Don Own, Canada, 1964

Woman in the Dunes (Suna no onna)
Hiroshi Teshigahara, Japan, 1964

Hands Over the City (Le mani sulla città)
Francesco Rosi, Italy, 1963

Salvatore Giuliano
Francesco Rosi, Italy, 1961

A Woman is a Woman (Un femme est une femme)
Jean-Luc Godard, France/Italy, 1961

Band of Outsiders (Bande à Part)
Jean-Luc Godard, France, 1964

Nothing But a Man
Michael Roemer, USA,1964

Lilith
Robert Rossen , USA, 1964

The Tiara Clan (Shin heike monogatari)
Kenji Mizoguchi, Japan, 1955

The Brig
Jonas and Adolfas Mekas, USA, 1964

Passenger (Pasazerka)
Andrzej Munk, Poland, 1961-63

L'âge d'or
Luis Buñuel, France, 1930

Diary of a Chambermaid (Le journal d'une femme de chambre)
Luis Buñuel, France, 1963

Conflagration (Enjô)
Kon Ichikawa, Japan, 1959

To Love (Att älska)
Jörn Donner, Sweden, 1964

Alone on the Pacific (My Enemy, the Sea) (Taiheiyô hitoribocchi)
Kon Ichikawa, Japan, 1963

King and Country
Joseph Losey, Great Britain, 1964

Inside Out (La Vie A L’Envers)
Alain Jessua, France, 1964

Before the Revolution (Prima della rivoluzione)
Bernardo Bertolucci, Italy, 1964

She and He (Kanojo to kare)
Susumu Hani, Japan, 1963

Cyrano et D’ Artangnan
Abel Gance, France/Italy/Spain, 1963-64

Ca Ira
Tinto Brass, Italy, 1964

The Great City (Mahanagar)
Satyajit Ray, India, 1963

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