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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Bill Colleran 
John Gielgud 
 
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William Shakespeare  play

Produced by
Alexander H. Cohen .... producer: stage production
Alfred W. Crown .... producer
John Heyman .... producer
William Sargent Jr. .... executive producer (as Bill Sargent)
William Sargent Jr. .... producer (as Bill Sargent)
 
Cinematography by
Bill Colleran 
 
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Bruce B. Pierce 
 
Production Design by
Ben Edwards 
 
Costume Design by
Jane Greenwood 
 
Sound Department
James Fritch .... sound editor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Nobby Cross .... gaffer
Jean Rosenthal .... lighting designer (stage production)
 
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Alexander H. Cohen .... presenter
John Gielgud .... stage director
 

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"Richard Burton's Hamlet" - USA (DVD title)
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191 min
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Actor William Redfield, who appeared as Guildernstern in the John Gielgud-directed stage version of Richard Burton Hamlet (1964/I), 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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IT WAS REALLY A DRESS REHEARSAL!, 30 August 2002
Author: the_captainjcs (the_captainjcs@webtv.net) from San Antonio, Texas, USA

Whereas it is true that this version of "Hamlet" with Richard Burton in the title role was a hit on Broadway, that's just part of the story behind the video release.

Burton had become an immensely popular actor after his scandalous marriage to Elizabeth Taylor during the rigors of filming "Cleopatra," in which he played the love-crazed Mark Anthony. After that film's long-delayed release (late 1963), the pair became "Hollywood royalty" with a world-wide following.

Developers/producers of Electronovision capitalized on their phenomenal popularity by arranging the taping of a dress rehearsal. It was released theatrically during the course of the play's Broadway run.

Electronovision was another version of closed-circuit TV; hence, the master videotape is in black-and-white.

A later try with Electronovision was the 1965 closed-circuit, theatrical release of "Harlow," which starred Carol Lynley as 1930s movie actress Jean Harlow. It barely preceded the 1965 film of the same name (Carroll Baker in title role). Although that film was forced to rush through production, it didn't finish in time to be the "first."

Critics of that period, who were not all impressed with this "new medium," really lashed out at this one, which they claimed went "against all ethics."

To my recall, that controversy ended Electronovision.





















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