A 20th-century ‘Hamlet’ in Belfast

Apr 15, 2017
The 2000 film adaptation of Shakespeare's “Hamlet” sets the tale in modern-day New York City.

Belfast — April's Friday Night Flix series at the Belfast Free Library, 106 High St., features alternative visions of two popular Shakespearean plays. The films are screened Fridays at 7 p.m. in the library’s Abbott Room.

As most of the productions have kept Shakespeare's words intact, all the films will be shown with subtitles to assist understanding of the language. The month continues April 21 with the first of two interpretations of “Hamlet.” This 2000 update stars Ethan Hawke as the restless heir to the Denmark Corporation, whose current CEO is his uncle Claudius (Kyle MacLachlan). A modern, super-tech “Hamlet,” set in an almost-future world of limos and private jets, the R-rated film features a closed-circuit appearance by the ghost of Hamlet's father (Sam Shepard). Julia Stiles, Liev Schreiber, Casey Affleck and Bill Murray also star. The film runs 112 minutes.

The April series will conclude April 28 with “Gamlet/Hamlet” (1964, Soviet Union). All screenings are free. If heavy snow is forecast, they will be shown the next evening, Saturday, at 7 p.m.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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