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  • Richard Burton's Hamlet

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Richard Burton, a full cast
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    This production of Hamlet, directed by Sir John Gielgud and starring Richard Burton, was recorded in the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, and with the actors performing just as they would if you went to see a production tonight. "The particular intensity and nerves of this is probably the same kind of thing that excites an audience in live theater," says Richard Burton.

    Thomas A. Copeland says: "Burton at His Best"
    "THE Hamlet performance"
    Overall

    Burton's performance (and the rest of the cast) make the Olivier Hamlet seem like a long boring sermon. The sound is that of a relic from the 1960's and isn't that bad for all that. We might as well complain that the Book of Kells illuminator sometimes colored outside the lines or that a painting isn't as precise as a photograph. I had it in an LP (if you remember what those were) and in a video, but the sound recording is the absolute best. When it's over, I start it again because without it, of course, "... the rest is silence."

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