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Maurice Evans / Gielgud Hamlets
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.2163  Tuesday, 11 November 2003

[1]     From:   Jim Lake <
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        Date:   Monday, 10 Nov 2003 08:41:01 -0600
        Subj:   RE: SHK 14.2147 Maurice Evans / Gielgud Hamlets

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        Date:   Monday, 10 Nov 2003 09:57:49 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.2147 Maurice Evans / Gielgud Hamlets

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        Date:   Monday, 10 Nov 2003 08:30:35 -0800 (GMT-08:00)
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From:           Jim Lake <
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Date:           Monday, 10 Nov 2003 08:41:01 -0600
Subject: 14.2147 Maurice Evans / Gielgud Hamlets
Comment:        RE: SHK 14.2147 Maurice Evans / Gielgud Hamlets

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Best wishes,
Jim Lake

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Date:           Monday, 10 Nov 2003 09:57:49 -0500
Subject: 14.2147 Maurice Evans / Gielgud Hamlets
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.2147 Maurice Evans / Gielgud Hamlets

The Gielgud Hamlet sequence appears in A Diary for Timothy (1945)
directed by Humphrey Jennings and available on DVD (perhaps only for the
UK region) in Listen to Britain, a collection of Jennings's wartime
short films.

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From:           John Owen <
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Date:           Monday, 10 Nov 2003 08:30:35 -0800 (GMT-08:00)
Subject: 14.2147 Maurice Evans / Gielgud Hamlets
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.2147 Maurice Evans / Gielgud Hamlets

In the 1945 film "A Diary for Timothy", Gielgud as Hamlet and George
Woodbridge as the First Gravedigger perform an excerpt from Act V, Scene
One. And that's it! According to Jonathan Croall's comprehensive
biography of Gielgud, this is the "only visual record" of Gielgud's
Hamlet. That footage from "Diary" has been used in many documentaries
and is, of course, the film seen briefly in Almereyda's Hamlet. As
Croall points out, rather harshly, Gielgud is visibly middle-aged in the
"Diary" footage. Keeping in mind that Olivier's film of Hamlet appeared
just three years later, and that Gielgud made no secret of his early
ambivalence toward acting in motion pictures, the actor would have had
little incentive to participate in a full length film of the part.

If you want to view Gielgud's Hamlet through a glass darkly, you might
be able to locate one of the films of Ages of Man, in which he recites
some of Hamlet's speeches, recorded a number of times during the fifties
and sixties. In the US, I remember Encyclopedia Britannica films used to
have it available for schools many years ago, and I seem to recall
Broadway Theatre Archive promising to distribute it when that valuable
but quirky organization first began.

 John Owen

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