Playwright Stoppard adapted his own absurdist 1967 play to film--which at first look makes as much sense as a "Swan Lake" ballet on radio. Patience is rewarded for those who stick with it. Two tragicomic minor characters in "Hamlet" squabble rhetorically and misperceive Shakespeare's plot tightening fatally around them. Uprooted from the stage environment, it's arcane but hilarious if you're paying attention. Roth and Oldman are superb as the doomed duo.
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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 118 minutes.
Originally from British.
Venice Film Fest. 1991: Picture.
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