Sir John Gielgud directed this "Electronovision" taping of the play "Hamlet" performed at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater on Broadway in 1964 ("Electronovision" was a short-lived gimmick which was basically closed-circuit TV). The most unusual thing about this film is that the actors are in street clothes instead of period costumes, and the sets are minimal, to say the least. Written by
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This film belonged to a genre of films that began in the mid 60s that were actually stage productions filmed much like a television show, but for theater distribution. These films also included the heralded The T.A.M.I. Show
(1964) and "TNT" (1966) rock concerts as well as the theatrical 2nd version of Harlow
(1965) starring Carol Lynley
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Version of Hamlet