While on Shakespeare films, do bookmark and read this staggeringly comprehensive article by Alan Vannemann, about nine different film versions of the Bard’s most celebrated play - with such actors as Olivier, Branagh, Richard Burton, Derek Jacobi and Kevin Kline in the title role. It’s a long, superbly researched piece with plenty of information on the movies and scene-by-scene commentary on the play itself.
Lots of humour sprinkled through it too, and I enjoyed his likening of the sulky, self-absorbed prince to Catcher in the Rye’s Holden Caulfield - “so proud of the fact that he isn’t ‘ordinary’, that he sees so much more deeply than anyone else”. How many of us haven’t felt that way as teenagers? (Which is why so many people become obsessed with Salinger’s book at age 15, though most of them outgrow it eventually; one sign of growing up might be to realise that you aren’t so special after all.)
More of Vannemann’s film writings here.