CINEMA: MRS. MILLER IS NOW HAMLET'S MOM

Julie Christie doesn't like Shakespeare. So when Kenneth Branagh wanted her for his lush new Hamlet, she was disinclined to accept. "I just find Gertrude such a weird part. And I didn't know if I wanted to get into all that emotionalizing," says the actress whose cool presence lit up classic films like Dr. Zhivago and McCabe & Mrs. Miller but who hasn't been seen much onscreen since the '60s and early '70s. Friends changed her mind about Gertrude. "I'm ever so glad they did," she says.

But don't expect her well-reviewed turn as Hamlet's mom to herald a full-scale return...

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