Thursday, 4 December 2008


hamlet suspenders
Hamlet suspenders, packaging design by Danish artist Valdemar Andersen. The image comes from a wonderful book about Mr Andersen’s son, Ib Andersen, also an artist, who worked as an illustrator for newspapersbooksposters, packaging, and money

asta nielsen hamlet
Here is Danish actress and international star Asta Nielsen as Hamlet in the German film from 1920. The still is from issue no. 1 of the Penguin Film Review, published in 1946. Below, another picture of Die Asta from issue no. 2 of that pocket periodical. That one is from The Girl without a Country, made in Denmark in 1913, according to Penguin, but the IMDB says Germany 1912.

I haven’t seen either of these films, but some years ago I did see Afgrunden, or The Abyss, the Danish film that launched her career in 1910. She was formidable.

asta nielsen
I was tempted to also scan the drawing of Elsinore/Helsingør Castle from Richard Scarry’s Busy, Busy World, but enough is enough. The picture is also included in Richard Scarry’s Best Storybook Ever. Hamlet does not appear.