Composed of what remains of the original footage, along with making-of rushes and newly shot interviews, pic inadvertently reveals not only the hollow concept at its core but an overall spectacular pretentiousness.
Determined to salvage something from his doomed experimental multimedia production “I, Hamlet,” producer Stanislav Semerdjiev took musicvid helmer Ivaylo Dikanski, paired him with original project helmer Greg Roach and cobbled together the embarrassing docu “The Hamlet Adventure.” Composed of what remains of the original footage, along with making-of rushes and newly shot interviews, pic inadvertently reveals not only the hollow concept at its core but an overall spectacular pretentiousness. Semerdjiev wants a “Burden of Dreams,” but Werner Herzog himself couldn’t get mileage out of this one. Prospects are close to nil.
“I, Hamlet” was to be a New Age retelling of the classic play, incongruously performed by dancers high up in Bulgaria’s Rila Mountains. Shooting commenced in 1999, but troubles plagued the production from the beginning, and footage was lost just as final editing started. Judging from this docu, it’s no great loss to cinema history. Pic apparently played like an amateur theatrical production, complete with vacuous choreography and a cringe-worthy rewriting of Shakespeare. Helmer Roach displays a level of self-importance completely out of proportion to his resume (which includes “The X-Files” videogame), while camerawork seems uncertain where to focus.