The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0514 Tuesday, 24 February 2004
Date: Monday, 23 Feb 2004 17:47:51 -0500
Subject: Hamlet on Film Query
Somewhere in the dark recesses of my brain, I have a memory of hearing
something to the effect that Asta Nielsen's Hamlet was the first filmed
version of the play, while Katharine Hepburn's recitation of "To be or
not to be" in Morning Glory (1933) was the first time the text was
spoken, which is particularly interesting since both are women. I'm
fairly certain I heard this in a lecture at the Hamlet symposium at the
Globe a week after the World Shakespeare Congress in Spain in 2001.
It's one of those odd bits of trivia that tend to stick in my brain,
crowding out more important information, such as where I left my car keys.
Does anyone else remember this statement, or have information to
prove/disprove it? I was going to make mention of it in the 2004 print
catalogue, but I need to make certain that it's correct.
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