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Hamlet Goes Business

1987 1h 26m Comedy List
Reviews 79% Audience Score 500+ Ratings Playboy Hamlet (Pirkka-Pekka Petelius) sees the ghost of his father, a paper baron in today's Finland. Read More Read Less

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Richard Brody New Yorker Infusing the hysterical precision of modernism with the anarchic bitterness of punk rock, Kaurismäki comes up with clever visual incarnations of many of the play's big moments and funny twists on some of its big lines. Mar 25, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member Modernisoitu versio Hamletista. Kaikki menee pieleen ja tupakkia palaa. PPP elämänsä roolissa. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/12/23 Full Review Audience Member Kaurismäen tylsintä, mutta ehdottomasti ei paskaa kuitenkaan. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/17/23 Full Review walter m In "Hamlet," Isa(Pentti Auer) is dead as a doorknob, having been poisoned by his business partner Klaus(Esko Salminen) who was having an affair with his wife Getrtrud(Elina Salo). As a result, Isa's son Hamlet(Pirkka-Pekka Petelius) gains 51% of the company's stock while Klaus is named president. That works out well since all Hamlet wants to do is get it on with his girlfriend Ofelia(Kati Outinen) who wants to wait until they get married. As Hamlet is distracted, Klaus puts his masterplan in motion to convert the company to exclusively make rubber ducks. With "Hamlet Goes Business," Aki Kaurismaki puts his unique stamp on the venerable William Shakespeare play by inserting a little absurdity(The movie contains one of the top ten puns of all time) and rock and roll. The black and white cinematography adds a little noir to the mix. Otherwise, the gist of the play is intact, even if the underlying subtext has been altered in places, leaving with us a less sympathetic Hamlet, not trapped by fate, instead an active participant in covert corporate warfare with his new stepfather which leads to some incisive class commentary. (Originally reviewed in the blog section on July 24, 2009.) Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Forget the half-assed Ethan Hawke modernization. Kaurismäki's noir-Hamlet starts off like it might be just a farce, but actually does the source material decent justice. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/13/23 Full Review Audience Member I miss the soliloquy, but really love the way the film ends! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Audience Member In The Bad Sleep Well, Kurosawa modernizes Hamlet in a film noir style. Here Kaurismaki manages to parody both Hamlet and film noir in one fell swoop. A breath of fresh air, quite different from the other Kaurismaki I've seen. Witty, clever, and beautifully photographed (in black and white, of course). Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/17/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Playboy Hamlet (Pirkka-Pekka Petelius) sees the ghost of his father, a paper baron in today's Finland.
Aki Kaurismäki
Aki Kaurismäki
Aki Kaurismäki
Production Co
Villealfa Filmproduction Oy
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1h 26m