Based on Ivo Bresan’s play about village life under communism, this 1973 Croatian satire is truer to the spirit of Hamlet than most screen adaptations. The villagers decide to produce the Shakespeare play but find the language incomprehensible; seeing no obligation to be faithful to this product of “capitalistic England,” they resolve to do a “folk song” version over the protests of the local schoolteacher. Another plotline centers on local corruption and a young man trying to redeem his falsely accused father, yet director Krsto Papic’s parallels between art and life are natural and unforced, suggesting a commonality of human motivations across time. 88 min.