When the movie was released in 1969 in France, it was advertised in newspapers with an additional mark on the poster : "Bresson's first color movie "
In the early 1960s, the director Eric Rohmer wrote an adaptation of the Dostoevsky short story that this film is based on. However he was unable to find financing to film the project.
In the short story (which the film was adapted from), Dostoevsky mentions Offenbach's Songbirds instead of Hamlet.
The performance of Hamlet was directed by Robert Bresson himself especially for the film.