Richard Chamberlain was caught between a rock and a hard place trying to appease the television audience of the day with his Hamlet. If he made it too cerebral it would turn off millions of viewers, if it was too lightweight he would not be taken seriously. In the end a compromise was made and the director cut 2000 lines of dialog from the production in order to make it more digestible to those in America who had never heard of Hamlet and those in Britain who only knew Hamlet "as some grumpy guy from the past". See more »
I remember this presentation of Hamlet very well. I was in college studying English in preparation of becoming an English teacher, and I thought it was quite good. Later on, my fellow teachers and I would sometimes bring up the subject and wonder if there was any way we could view it again. I have searched vainly for information about it. Apparently, there are many people who are looking for it, but most sources say it was never filmed. I did find one mention that UCLA has a copy in their library and that it is almost impossible to access. You say you watched it three times. So do you have an idea where and how one might be able to find this presentation?
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