Shakespeare and Kronborg

(Jørgen Roos og Erling Schroeder, DK, 1950)

The film shows Kronborg as it must have looked to Shakespeare when he visited the castle, if indeed he did, three centuries ago. The filmmakers run with the idea of Shakespeare visiting Hamlet’s Castle and give it filmic expression. The past returns as King Frederik II and his court gather in the Great Hall to watch a play by Shakespeare. In the wings stands the Bard of Avon and, as the past fades away, only he remains in the hall. A look into the castle-yard gives him proof of his plays’ immortality.

Production company Teknisk Film Compagni for Dansk Kulturfilm
Distributor  Statens Filmcentral
Release date and place 22.3. 1950 / World Cinema (presentation for invited audience)

Directed by

Jørgen Roos  Director 
Erling Schroeder Theatre Director


Carl Th. Dreyer  Screenplay 
Jørgen Roos Screenplay
Kai Friis Møller Writer of narration

Cinematography by

Arne Jensen Camera Operator

Sound by

Knud Hjortø  Sound 

Music by

Leif Kayser  Composer 
Erik Tuxen Conductor


Olaf Ussing Shakespeare 
Erik Mørk Hamlet
Annemette Svendsen Ofelia
Lasse Steen Hansen Rosalinde
Jørgen Veith Celia
Jakob Nielsen  
Ib Fürst  
Ego Brønnum-Jacobsen  
Ebba With  
Karl Roos Speaker

Jørgen Roos and Erling Schroeder



Other titles 
Shakespeare og Kronborg (DK - original title)


Running time 
10 min.

Technical data 
35 mm - 1,37:1 - b/w - sound