The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1046 Monday, 15 May 2000.
Date: Monday, 15 May 2000 13:42:08 -0500
Subject: Richard Burton's HAMLET Online
In the very unlikely event that some of you may not have heard, Richard
Burton's HAMLET is available IN ITS ENTIRETY on The Alternative
Entertainment Network (Drama section) at:
It is available at both 28.8 and 56k connection speed. The screen is
small but clear. The audio quality is superb. As for the performance,
it, of course, speaks for itself.
In fact, AEN states that Burton's HAMLET will be available INDEFINITELY
ONLINE for the benefit of Shakespeare lovers everywhere.
This is the original version, recorded LIVE in black and white in 1964
in New York City and directed by Sir John Gielgud. It was discovered
four years ago by Sally Burton in Burton's Switzerland chalet. For
whatever reason, Burton had ordered all copies of the film destroyed
after the filmed performance was released. But this one copy survived in
its entirety in 3 reels. Its sound and video has been greatly improved
by modern technology.
According to AEN, this is the first time Burton's HAMLET has ever been
shown on the Web.
A footnote to Linux/Unix users. You will be thrilled to know that you
can watch Burton's HAMLET using RealPlayer G2.
Benjamin and Anna Sher
Sher's Russian Web