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In 1988, rising star Kenneth Branagh tackled the role of Shakespeare's prince of Denmark for the first time in his professional career--under the guidance of neophyte director Derek Jacobi, considered "the best Hamlet of his generation" (The New York Times). Narrated by Patrick Stewart, this hour-long film documents how these two intelligent, passionate men found new depths in Shakespeare's classic drama.Director Mark Olshaker's cameras follow the troupe through four weeks of rehearsals, from the first red-throughs to opening night. Interviews with principal actors--as well as the set designer, costume supervisor, text advisor, and others--reveal how each member of the company meets the production's challenges. In all, Discovering Hamlet offers an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at the process of staging Shakespeare's most demanding tragedy.