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||IMDB Rating: 7.4/10 from N/A votes
||Release: 23 Sep 1964 /
||Director: Bill Colleran, John Gielgud,
||Synopsis: 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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For those looking for a strictly cinematic version of "Hamlet" you
should probably look elsewhere, but for a theatrical experience of the
classic tale of the Melancholy Dane, you could do worse than pick up
this version of the 1964 Broadway production starring Richard Burton.
Essentially a photographed performance of a stage production, this
"Hamlet" was directed by John Gielgud with the concept of being a dress
rehearsal (to pacify Richard Burton's dislike of wearing period
costume) with actors in street clothes and bare bones set and props.
The concept falls flat but Gielgud does a fine job of staging the
action (the convention of showing the ghost as a massive shadow voiced
by Gielgud works wonderfully well), making one wish that he'd used a
more conventional look for the show. The cast is decidedly uneven,
ranging from brilliant (Hume Cronyn in his Tony-winning role as
Polonius) to incompetent (Alfred Drake as a rather hopeless Claudius).
While Burton is hardly the definitive Hamlet, frequently resorting to
vocal pyrotechnics which are ultimately meaningless, there is no
doubting his intelligence or brooding charisma in the role. He may not
have hit a bull's eye, but he is so far beyond such recent mediocre
Hamlets as Ethan Hawke, Kenneth Branagh and Mel Gibson that his
performance truly gives the viewer a splendid example of what a
distinguished classical actor is capable of. His handling of the
soliloquies (especially "Oh, what a rogue and peasant slave am I") are
very effective indeed.
Those who quibble with the lack of close-ups or iffy cinematic
qualities are missing the point of the experience: the faraway
perspective makes the viewer fell like they are seated at an actual
live performance at the Lunt Fontanne Theatre in 1964, and gives a much
more uniquely theatrical experience than attempts to "cinemize" the
play such as Branagh's vulgar and miscast film version or Olivier's
celebrated bowdlerized adaptation (whose gutting of the text frequently
plays like "Hamlet's Greatest Hits").
Not much thought was given to the Special Features of the DVDs: the
listing of the awards won by Burton, Cronyn and Gielgud are laughably
incomplete, and it seems to me that the producers missed an opportunity
by not including observations by a living cast member on a second voice
track (cast members William Refield and Richard L. Sterne each wrote
books on the production, and it might have been rewarding to hear the
remembrances of Hume Cronyn or John Cullum or Alfred Drake on this
But despite it's faults, this is a valuable little treasure for anyone
with serious interest in Shakespeare's play and a unique opportunity to
see a memorable theater production without leaving your living room.
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