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|