Hamlet goes BusinessHamlet goes Business

by Aki Kaurismäki

Hamlet goes Business

Synopsis

A bloody power-struggle has taken place at the top of a large company. Who murdered the general director? Will the mills be sold in exchange for the world-monopoly in rubber-ducks? Where is the driver’s cap?

»Hamlet goes Business« tells the story of the unbelievable adventures of a sensitive young man whose heart is as warm as a refrigerator. Hardly ever before has the poetry of Shakespeare been respected to such an extent that it has remained untouched after the adaptation into another art form. No wonder Ophelia is crying bitterly in the corner of her bathroom. Money offers resistance to capital like an animal to a butcher’s knife. Who will be the winner, who will suffer in this horrible black and white underground- b-movie-classical drama? It is not us to judge ...

But don’t be fooled by the plastic beauty of this movie: the question is about money – a matter of life and death.

Director

Aki Kaurismäki, writer, director, editor and producer. Born in Finland 4.4.1957, but...

Films as a director:

1981
»The Saimaa Gesture«
(Co-Dir. with Mika Kaurismäki)

1983
»Crime And Punishment«

1985
»Calamari Union«

1986
»Shadows In Paradise«
»Rocky VI« (Short)

1987
»Hamlet Goes Business«
»Thru The Wire« (Short)
»L.A.Woman« (Short)
»Rich Little Bitch« (Short)

1988
»Ariel«

1989
»Leningrad Cowboys Go America«
»Dirty Hands« (TV Film)

1990
»The Match Factory Girl«
»I Hired A Contract Killer«

1991
»Those Were The Days« (Short)
»These Boots« (Short)

1992
»La Vie De Boheme«

1993
»Total Balalaika Show - Helsinki Concert« (Documentary)

1994
»Take Care Of Your Scarf - Tatjana«
»Leningrad Cowboys Meet Moses«

1996
»Drifting Clouds«

1998
»Juha«

2002
»The Man Without A Past«, »Dogs Have No Hell« (Short)

2004
»Bico« (Short)

2006
»Lights In The Dusk«

Cast

Pirkka-Pekka Petelius
Kati Outinen
Elina Salo
Esko Salminen

Crew

Producer: Aki Kaurismäki
Script: Aki Kaurismäki
Camera: Timo Salminen
Sound: Veikko Aaltonen, Jouko Lumme
Editing: Raija Talvio
A production of Villealfa Productions Oy

Technical Data

Format: 35 mm / 1:1,85 / black and white /
Length: 86 min.
Original language: Finnish

Original title: Hamlet liikemaailmassa

Hamlet goes Business
Hamlet goes Business

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