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Hamlet (I) (1964)

 -  Drama  -  23 September 1964 (USA)
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The highly successful 1964 Richard Burton Broadway production of "Hamlet", deliberately staged in the style of a "dress rehearsal", but performed in front of a live audience.

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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 frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Actor William Redfield, who appeared as Guildernstern in the John Gielgud-directed stage version of Richard Burton Hamlet (1964), published a memoir of the event, "Notes of an Actor", in 1967. He wrote that Gielgud had an encyclopedia knowledge of the play and could play any and all parts of it from memory for his cast as he directed the production, but he lacked the overall vision to bring the production together. See more »

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A Hit! A palpable hit!
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Wondrous prose gloriously delivered by stellar actors at the peak of their form. Three hours of fast-spoken, fast paced, riveting action conceived in the mind's eye, not in a computer program. I saw this on restored DVD, and found it breathtaking. There is no point in my inveighing on the merits of the play, but to anyone who might have fixed ideas about the capabilities and limitations of certain well-known Broadway actors, it will be a revelation. That's entertainment!


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