September 18th, 2008

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Mad as the Wind

I've been watching all the movies that won the Oscar for Best Picture, and next on my list was the 1948 winner, Sir Laurence Olivier's Hamlet, directed by and starring the great actor.

Olivier's Hamlet is a stylistic, streamlined adaptation that will give Shakespearean scholars much to discuss. In the title role, Olivier is both subdued and explosive. Jean Simmons, as Ophelia, is heartbreaking. While this film looks like a product of its time, it is a timeless, must-see classic.

The movie's competitors for Best Picture that year were Johnny Belinda, The Red Shoes, The Snake Pit and The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.

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