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Stories for June 10, 2000

Michael Almereyda's Hamlet

June 10
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

The president of the Denmark Corporation is found dead. The grieving son Hamlet returns home to New York just in time for a press conference in which Uncle Claudius (Kyle MacLachlan) announces his takeover of the Denmark Corporation, his marriage to Hamlets mother Gertrude (Diane Venora) and his dismissal of Fortinbras threats of a hostile takeover. Welcome to Hamlet for the new millennium. In this world of global corporations, laptop computers, surveillance cameras and palm sized camcorders, Hamlet is a would be video artist whos trying to make sense of the images that surround him. After a visitation from the ghost of his father (Sam Shepard), Hamlet suspects his uncle of foul play. As a test, Hamlet makes an experimental video entitled The Mousetrap in which hell catch the conscience of Claudius. Then he screens the video for the elite of the Denmark Corporation and ruffles the feathers of the image conscious Claudius. Now Hamlet must take up the cause of avenging his fathers death.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

June 10
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting