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Re: Burton *Hamlet*
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 0383.  Friday, 12 May 1995.
 
(1)     From:   Robert Page <
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        Date:   Thursday, 11 May 1995 12:03:34 PDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 6.076  Re: *Hamlet*s: TV and Burton
 
(2)     From:   Jerry Bangham <
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        Date:   Thursday, 11 May 1995 21:48:31
        Subj:   Re: SHK 6.076  Re: *Hamlet*s: TV and Burton
 
(3)     From:   Hardy M. Cook <
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        Date:   Friday, May 12, 1995
        Subj:   Burton *Hamlet*
 
 
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From:           Robert Page <
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Date:           Thursday, 11 May 1995 12:03:34 PDT
Subject: 6.076  Re: *Hamlet*s: TV and Burton
Comment:        Re: SHK 6.076  Re: *Hamlet*s: TV and Burton
 
I'm sure others besides myself remember the Burton Hamlet as a major theatrical
event in the 50's because of its (simultaneous, I think) projection in major
movie houses throughout the U.S.  I've forgotten the name given to the process,
but it was in B/W and hailed as a revolutionary breakthrough in entertainment
for the future.  I think it remained the only time the process was used, and
criticized as not being altogether satisfactory.
 
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From:           Jerry Bangham <
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Date:           Thursday, 11 May 1995 21:48:31
Subject: 6.076  Re: *Hamlet*s: TV and Burton
Comment:        Re: SHK 6.076  Re: *Hamlet*s: TV and Burton
 
Am I the only one on the list that actually saw the film?  In Morehead
Kentucky, of all places.
 
I imagine I still have, somewhere hidden away, the publicity pack that the
theatre manager gave me.  The only clear memory I have of its contents was a 45
rpm recording of Burton doing a couple of monologues.
 
My memory isn't all that clear but I think I liked the film, taking into
account the fact that it was a record of a stage production.  I was impressed
by Burton, far more that I'd expected to be.
 
I believe that there is a book about the production written by an excellent
actor who played a minor role (prehaps Rosencrantz or Gildernstern) . I could
probably dig his name out, but not easily. While the name escapes me, I still
remember an absolutely amazing preformance he gave on the old Armstrong Circle
Theatre (now I'm really dating myself).
 
Anyway, I'd hardly rate the film as a lost treasure, but I'd like to see it
again and see if still holds up.
 
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From:           Hardy M. Cook <
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Date:           Friday, May 12, 1995
Subject:        Burton *Hamlet*
 
As I recall, the process that Robert Page mentions above was a process that
allowed filming in black and white an actual performance with the available
light.
 
I too saw the film some thirty years ago when I was in high school.  Some
images remain for me that I can help along with an excerpts record album and
the souvenir program.
 

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