One Hamlet Less

One Hamlet Less (Italian: Un Amleto di meno) is a 1973 Italian drama film directed by Carmelo Bene. It was entered into the 1973 Cannes Film Festival.[1]

One Hamlet Less
Directed byCarmelo Bene
Produced byAnna Maria Papi
Written byCarmelo Bene
Based onHamlet
by William Shakespeare
StarringCarmelo Bene
Narrated byCarmelo Bene
Music byCarmelo Bene
CinematographyMario Masini
Edited byMauro Contini
Release date
  • 21 May 1973 (1973-05-21)
Running time
70 minutes


The film is a very loose version of the original tragedy of Shakespeare. Carmelo Bene is an obsessive actor who plays for various theaters tragedy Hamlet along with his theater company. Slowly he begins more and more to identify with the role and the psychology of the character until it becomes Hamlet himself.


  • Carmelo Bene - Hamlet
  • Luciana Cante - Gertrude
  • Sergio Di Giulio - William
  • Franco Leo - Horatio
  • Lydia Mancinelli - Kate
  • Luigi Mezzanotte - Laertes
  • Isabella Russo - Ophelia
  • Giuseppe Tuminelli - Polonius
  • Alfiero Vincenti - Claudius


  1. "Festival de Cannes: One Hamlet Less". Retrieved 18 April 2009.
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