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.
Richard Burton in HAMLET with the entire original Broadway cast. The complete performance from the stage of the Lunt-Fontanne Theater on Broadway through the NEW MIRACLE PROCESS ELECTRONOVISION
Did You Know?
This movie was scheduled to be shown in theaters for a week and then all copies were to be destroyed. Two prints survived. One was consigned to the B.F.I. archives in London. Another print was found in Richard Burton
's estate after his death, which his widow allowed to be distributed as a DVD. See more
Version of Hamlet