‘Hamlet’ screening gets new color

Showing offers contemporary score

Tonight’s Retro screening of “Hamlet,” starring silent star Asta Nielsen, is a feminine take on the melancholy Dane.

This version, made in 1921, trumps Sara Bernhardt’s classic transgender portrayal by making Hamlet into an actual woman — a princess forced to masquerade as a man by her scheming mother.

Live musical accompaniment for silent films is de rigueur at the Retro, but this performance, presented at the Volksbuehne at 6 p.m., offers a contemporary score for live and electronic ensemble.

The big treat is a newly restored color print, with both toned and hand-painted scenes.

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