Vladimir Vysotskii: Vysotskii as Hamlet (1971)


Description: Vysotskii’s most famous role in the Taganka Theater was Hamlet, which premiered in 1971 under the direction of Iurii Liubimov. In Boris Pasternak’s great translation, Hamlet is an embodiment of the nobility and desperation of the Russian intelligentsia. Vysotskii’s passionate embrace of the myth brought him the love of Russia’s ‘thinking reed,’ and was perhaps a harbinger of his own fate. Taken from an Italian television production, this clip features Vysotskii’s description of the production, and two performances of Hamlet’s famous monologue.

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