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Author: William Shakespeare

Director:  Franco HYPERLINK ""ZeffirellHYPERLINK ""i


Mel Gibson, Glenn Close, Alan Bates.

Submitted by: Mark Christian Anthony S. Minlay

Submitted to: Gilbert D.Gayob


The story opens on a chilly night at the Danish royal castle. Francisco, the sentinel, is relieved of his watch by Bernardo, another sentinel, and exits while Bernardo remains. Another sentinel, Marcellus, enters with Horatio, Hamlet's best friend. The sentinels inform Horatio that they have seen a ghost that looks like the dead King Hamlet. After hearing from Horatio of the Ghost's appearance, Hamlet resolves to see the Ghost himself. That night, the Ghost appears again. It leads Hamlet to a dark and secret place, claims that it is the actual spirit of King Hamlet. He said that he was murdered by his brother Claudius putting poison in his ear. The Ghost demands that Hamlet should be the one who will avenge him. Hamlet agrees, swears his friends to keep it as a secret, and tells them he intends to "put an antic disposition on”. Hamlet initially trusts the ghost's reliability, calling him both an "honest ghost" and "truepenny." Later, however, he expresses doubts about the ghost's nature and intent, claiming these as reasons for his inaction.

Polonius is Claudius's chief counsellor and friend. Polonius's son, Laertes, is returning to France, and Polonius's daughter, Ophelia, is courted by Hamlet. Both Polonius and Laertes warn Ophelia that Hamlet is surely not serious about her. Shortly afterward, Ophelia is alarmed by Hamlet's strange behaviour, reporting to her father that Hamlet rushed into her room, stared at her, and said nothing. Polonius assumes that love is responsible for Hamlet's behaviour, and he informs Claudius and Gertrude....
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