Introduction by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Curatorial Staff member, Ali Demorotski.
Danish silent movie-star, Asta Nielsen formed her own production company to make this film, in which new elements are combined with features and lines familiar from Shakespeare’s version of the legend. The most important of these changes sees Hamlet made into a female character – a princess forced to masquerade as a man by her scheming mother.
This silent film will feature live piano accompaniment by David Drazin. Drazin is the official silent-film pianist at the Chicago School of the Art Institute Film Center. He has provided live piano accompaniment for silent-film screenings from coast to coast.