Hamlet Goes Business - A Different Aproach to Hamlet

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It is clearly among Shakespeare’s most iconic plays and due to its popularity it is no wonder that it has been adapted to the big screen over sixty times already (www.absoluteshakespeare.com, accessed 2014). Taking a look at the original script, it is easy to see what keeps drawing filmmakers into the same text over and over again. The play follows Hamlet, prince of Denmark, as he proceeds to revenge his father’s death to Claudius, the new king. The story of Hamlet, filled with complex characters, strong emotions and passionate acts of love, revenge and even insanity, surely has lots of interesting themes for filmmakers to dig in. The attraction of this particular play is possibly the many different interpretations of it. The play as well as the characters have multiple different sides that can be emphasized, changing the atmosphere and perhaps also the meaning of the story. This can be seen, by observing a very different and unique film adaptation from Finland.
Hamlet Liikemaailmassa (Hamlet Goes Business) is a 1987 film from Aki Kaurismäki. With nearly 20 feature films and various international film awards, including Cannes, Kaurismäki is currently one of the most internationally recognized film directors from Finland. His work has an original, easily recognizable style that consists of plain, minimalistic expression,…

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