CINEMA: HAMLET: THE WHOLE DANE THING

AT FOUR HOURS, BRANAGH'S HAMLET IS A BRISK AFFAIR

Here's the most eclectic cast in movie history--Julie Christie, Billy Crystal, Gerard Depardieu, John Gielgud, Rosemary Harris, Charlton Heston, Derek Jacobi, Jack Lemmon, John Mills, Robin Williams, Kate Winslet and the Duke of Marlborough, to name but a dozen--in the second longest film released by a major studio (after Cleopatra). If Kenneth Branagh doesn't win an Oscar for his four-hour, uncut Hamlet, he should at least cop a Chutzpah Award.

To his credit, the actor-director-adapter approached this job not as a solemn duty or an egotistic stunt, but in the sensible belief that the greatest work in dramatic literature damn well...

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