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Hamlet (1964)

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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Cast

Credited cast:
... Hamlet
... Polonius
... Claudius
... Gertrude
... Guildenstern
George Rose ... First Gravedigger
... Player King
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hugh Alexander ... Cornelius / Second Gravedigger / English Ambassador
... Voltimand
... Player Queen (as Christopher Culkin)
... Laertes
Michael Ebert ... Francisco / Fortinbras
Dillon Evans ... Reynaldo / Osric / Fortinbras's Captain
Clement Fowler ... Rosencrantz
Geoff Garland ... Lucianus
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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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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

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23 September 1964 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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By the time this film was made, Frederick Young had replaced Robert Burr in the role of Bernardo. See more »

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A Hit! A palpable hit!
12 September 2000 | by See all my reviews

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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