Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead
– quirky comedy
Absurd, tragi-comic and existentialist – these are three of the key words that sum up Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (1990), a highly elaborate literary elaboration on Shakespeare’s story of Hamlet with Gary Oldman and Tim Roth in the title roles. Hamlet’s old school friends, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are the confused protagonists in this quirky comic gem. They travel to Kronborg Castle to help out King Claudius with his crazy stepson Hamlet, but do not realise they are merely pawns in a game, in which their own lives are at stake. The film, based on a play by the Oscar-winning British playwright/screenwriter, Sir Tom Stoppard, who also directed the film, won a Gold Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 1990.
The Shakespeare Festival presents this year’s film screening under the stars in association with CPH Pix and Cinemateket.
Performance time: Sunday 20 August 2017 at 9.00 pm
Director: Tom Stoppard
Cast: Tim Roth, Richard Dreyfuss etc.
Language: English Screened without Danish subtitles
Running time: 1 hour, 58 minutes