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Re: Scofield's Hamlet
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, SHK 7.0743.  Monday, 14 October 1996.

(1)     From:   Tad Davis <
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        Date:   Friday, 11 Oct 1996 11:35:50 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 7.0742  Shakespeare on Film -- Thanks!

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        Date:   Friday, 11 Oct 1996 11:32:27 -0500
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        Date:   Friday, 11 Oct 1996 21:07:23
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From:           Tad Davis <
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Date:           Friday, 11 Oct 1996 11:35:50 -0400
Subject: 7.0742  Shakespeare on Film -- Thanks!
Comment:        Re: SHK 7.0742  Shakespeare on Film -- Thanks!

I'd like to add my own note of appreciation to the accolades for Paul
Scofield's performance as Hamlet, on Caedmon Records. It was available from the
public library in Richmond, Virginia back in 1973, and my idea of a
Friday-night good time was to ride my bicycle down to the library, check out
Scofield's Hamlet, make a pot of coffee, and curl up in the living room next to
the stereo for four hours. I must have listened to it at least ten times back
then, and once or twice since. I think I even reviewed it for the student
newspaper, though most of the clippings from those years have disappeared in
one move or another. I could not imagine anyone giving a better performance. I
have always loved Paul Scofield because of that recording.

Tad Davis

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Date:           Friday, 11 Oct 1996 11:32:27 -0500
Subject: 7.0742  Shakespeare on Film -- Thanks!
Comment:        Re: SHK 7.0742  Shakespeare on Film -- Thanks!

The Scofield HAMLET and KING LEAR  were studio audio recordings not connected
with film production.  Personally, I have found the Scofield audio LEAR to be
the most compelling I have encountered.  I once played the storm scene in a
class at such a volume that my chairman came into the room to admonish me for
my anit-social behavior.  Still, a great rendering.

Tom Simone
University of Vermont

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Date:           Friday, 11 Oct 1996 21:07:23
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Comment:        Re: SHK 7.0742  Shakespeare on Film -- Thanks!

>I am happy to hear that someone else thinks so highly of Scofield as Hamlet in
>the late 60's RSC performance on Caedmon records. Was it the audio tract of a
>filmed performance. Or is it only available in audio? A real treasure.

I believe that all of the Caedmon series were specially produced by the company
as audio productions.
 

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