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Re: Video of Hamlet
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1539  Monday, 21 August 2000.

[1]     From:   Tanya Gough <
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        Date:   Friday, 18 Aug 2000 09:39:44 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.1533 Video of Hamlet

[2]     From:   Toby Malone <
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        Date:   Saturday, 19 Aug 2000 00:28:41 +0800
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[3]     From:   Manuel Angel Conejero <
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        Date:   Friday, Aug 18 19:02:41 2000
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[4]     From:   Paul E. Doniger <
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        Date:   Friday, 18 Aug 2000 13:14:06 -0700
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[5]     From:   Benjamin Sher <
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        Date:   Friday, 18 Aug 2000 16:13:30 -0500
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[6]     From:   Richard Regan <
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        Date:   Sunday, 20 Aug 2000 22:25:24 EDT
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From:           Tanya Gough <
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Date:           Friday, 18 Aug 2000 09:39:44 -0400
Subject: 11.1533 Video of Hamlet
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.1533 Video of Hamlet

Jane,

We have Burton's Hamlet on video or DVD - oddly enough, the DVD is
significantly cheaper, but there you have it.

The video is $125.00 Canadian / $84.99 US
The DVD is $48.99 Canadian / $36.99 US

You can get details at www.bardcentral.com, or e-mail back if you have
specific questions.

Cheers,
Tanya Gough

Poor Yorick - Shakespeare Multimedia Catalog
P.O. Box 21146
Stratford, Ontario
Canada N5A 7V4

(519) 272-1999 (voice)
(519) 272-0979 (fax)

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From:           Toby Malone <
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Date:           Saturday, 19 Aug 2000 00:28:41 +0800
Subject: 11.1533 Video of Hamlet
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.1533 Video of Hamlet

Hi Jane -

I have a copy of the "Hamlet" you mention - recorded from a 1964
production of Burton in Sir John Gielgud's production staged at the
Lunt-Fontaine Theatre in NYC.  The edition I have is a double video set,
including an interesting little book which sets out staging and a
synopsis, and is highlighted by the following by the venerable Sir John
himself:

"This is a HAMLET acted in rehearsal clothes, stripped of all extraneous
trappings, so the beauty of the language and imagery may shine through
unencumbered by an elaborate reconstruction of any particular historical
period.  This performance is conceived as a final run-through, as actors
call it.

When a play has been thoroughly prepared, there is always a full final
rehearsal of the text and action played straight through, without
interruption from the director.  Properties or substitutes are provided
for the actors, but the costumes, scenery, and lighting are yet to be
added.  It often happens, however, that these final adjuncts, however
beautiful, may cramp the players' imagination and detract from the
poetic imagery of Shakespeare's text.

Sir John Gielgud."

It is a very interesting film, and the copy I have was distributed by
BMG Video in 1995, and the video was restored at the National Film and
Television Archive of the British Film Institute.  The product code on
the spine is 74321 403603.

I hope this is able to help you locate a copy - although the fact that I
am in Australia may mean that this is an edition that is non-compatible
with anywhere else in the world!  Things are funny like that.

Hope I could help.

Toby Malone
University of Western Australia

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From:           Manuel Angel Conejero Tomas <
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Date:           Friday, Aug 18 19:02:41 2000
Subject: 11.1533 Video of Hamlet
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.1533 Video of Hamlet

I might find one copy. I'll try at my mother's place on my next visit.
MANUEL CONEJERO DIONIS-BAYER.Greetings from Madrid / Valencia. Shall we
see you April 2001.

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From:           Paul E. Doniger <
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Date:           Friday, 18 Aug 2000 13:14:06 -0700
Subject: 11.1533 Video of Hamlet
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.1533 Video of Hamlet

The Burton Hamlet (which I saw on Broadway ... it changed my life!
Burton, sadly, never lived up to what he could have become, but this
performance, at least, gave the world a brief glimpse of the
possibilities) is available through The Writing Company, Culver City,
CA. Try their web page: http://writingco.com Be warned, it's $90.00!
That's why I don't have a copy (If you can find an affordable one,
please let ME know!).

I expect that the video can't accurately translate the effect of Burton
alive. But it will have to do!

Paul E. Doniger

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Date:           Friday, 18 Aug 2000 16:13:30 -0500
Subject: 11.1533 Video of Hamlet
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.1533 Video of Hamlet

Dear Jane:

The Richard Burton "Hamlet" is available online in 56k (small screen)
for free at Alternative Entertainment Network on the Internet at:

http://www.aentv.com/Drama/default.htm

The performance is available in its ENTIRETY and will, according to
AENT, will be available permanently.

Benjamin

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From:           Richard Regan <
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Date:           Sunday, 20 Aug 2000 22:25:24 EDT
Subject: 11.1533 Video of Hamlet
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.1533 Video of Hamlet

The Burton Hamlet is available for viewing at MIT's Hamlet on the
Ramparts site:

http://shea.mit.edu/ramparts/resources/films/films.htm

You can download the required RealPlayerG2 from a link on the MIT page.

Richard Regan
Fairfield University
 

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