A Midwinter’s Tale (1995)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

Alternate title:  In The Bleak Midwinter

, Midwinter Films.  United Kingdom, 1995.  Screenplay by Kenneth Branagh.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Hilarious comedy from Kenneth Branagh about a group of renegade, out of work actors who put on a performance of Hamlet in a broken-down church in the town of Hope, a ramshackle little English hamlet that defies its own name. Having everything against them (one week to prepare, actors who don’t get along, a designer who won’t come up with a concept, a local audience that won’t necessarily go for a four hundred year-old play about murderous monarchs at Christmastime, an American movie producer who wants to steal the lead actor away to star in a new science-fiction trilogy), the group somehow manages to band together in a Mickey and Judy kinda way and put on a great show.

Branagh’s crisp black-and-white photography is beautiful, and the clips we see of the actors performing Hamlet are actually a sight better than Branagh’s own four-hour film adaptation of the play one year later. Jennifer Saunders appears in a hilarious cameo.

Toronto International Film Festival:  1995

Venice Film Festival Award:  Best Director (Kenneth Branagh)


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