Hamlet A Woman?

In 1920, Asta Nielsen started her own production company in order to produce a cinematic version of Hamlet. One of the most famous actresses of her day, Nielsen plays Hamlet as a woman forced to pretend she is a man for the sake of the crown. Produced in the wake of World War I and in the early days of cinema itself, the film opens up many questions about the role of women, history, and the new medium of film in Weimar Germany.


1918 First World War ends
1920 Asta Nielsen stars as Hamlet
1922 James Joyce publishes Ulysses
1924 Bertolt Brecht directs for first time
1925 Adolf Hilter publishes Mein Kampf
1926 Fritz Lang's Metropolis released
1927 First Sound Film
1933 Hilter appointed Chancellor