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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:
Richard Burton ... Hamlet
Hume Cronyn ... Polonius
Alfred Drake ... Claudius
Eileen Herlie ... Gertrude
William Redfield ... Guildenstern
George Rose ... First Gravedigger
George Voskovec ... Player King
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hugh Alexander Hugh Alexander ... Cornelius / Second Gravedigger / English Ambassador
Philip Coolidge ... Voltimand
Kit Culkin ... Player Queen (as Christopher Culkin)
John Cullum ... Laertes
Michael Ebert Michael Ebert ... Francisco / Fortinbras
Dillon Evans Dillon Evans ... Reynaldo / Osric / Fortinbras's Captain
Clement Fowler Clement Fowler ... Rosencrantz
Geoff Garland 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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USA

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English

Release Date:

23 September 1964 (USA) See more »

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Richard Burton's Hamlet See more »

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Theatrofilm See more »
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Mono

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

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Version of Hamlet Part 1/II (1947) See more »

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An interesting experience.
10 July 2014 | by powermandanSee all my reviews

This is not a movie. It is a video-recording of a live Broadway version in the 1960s. The 60s was a decade of amazing films (Lawrence of Arabia, The Graduate, etc) and the century's best actors on stage. But due to the lack of money and technology, the overall film is not well- done. The camera is at a far distance and hardly ever changes shots. When it does change shots, those parts are great. With more money, more camera could have been used. But I know this was in the 60s. I had mixed feelings with Richard Burton. He is one of the greatest actors of all time whom, just below Peter O'Toole, has been robbed of more Oscars than anybody. I thought that the way he played Hamlet was spot-on. He is able to incorporate the right amount of anger, sadness, wit, craziness, philosophy, determination, and happiness that makes Hamlet the character he is. Hamlet is the hardest character to play, and Richard Burton conquers it. But I was expecting more from Burton's acting. Sure he got the portrayal down-pat, but I barely felt anything. What makes Hamlet is the he shows every kind of human emotion that he makes the audience feel with him. In my review of the 1996 Hamlet, I mentioned that Kenneth Branagh did not portray Hamlet well but was very convincing for what it was. Despite his Hamlet being negative, I felt everything and was very convinced. I can't say the same thing for Richard Burton. I did feel something, but it was canned and mechanical. I guess one of the reasons is because of the lack of good filming, with the majority being at a distance. I loved the soliloquies.

3/4


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