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Discovering Hamlet

Author: Derek JacobiKenneth BranaghRichard CliffordEdward JewesburyRichard EastonAll authors
Publisher: Silver Spring, MD : Athena, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In 1988, rising star Kenneth Branagh tackled the role of Shakespeare's prince of Denmark for the first time in his professional career under the guidance of celebrated actor Derek Jacobi, considered by many to be "the best Hamlet of his generation" (New York Times). Narrated by Patrick Stewart, this hour-long film documents how these two intelligent, passionate men found new depths in Shakespeare's classic drama.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Documentary television programs
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Named Person: William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Derek Jacobi; Kenneth Branagh; Richard Clifford; Edward Jewesbury; Richard Easton; Dearbhla Molloy; Sophie Thompson; Jay Villiers; David Parfitt; Jimmy Yuill; Patrick Stewart; Mark Olshaker; Larry Klein; Sam Green; William Shakespeare; Renaissance Theatre Company.; Athena (Firm); Unicorn Projects, Inc.; Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.)
ISBN: 9781598285321 1598285327
OCLC Number: 691438921
Language Note: Subtitled for the deaf and hard of hearing.
Notes: "approx. 53 min., plus 3 1/4 hrs. of bonus"--Container.
"As seen on PBS"--Container.
Originally produced for television in 1990.
Special features, Disc 1: Conversation with Sir Derek Jacobi ; photo gallery; the players in the production ; Hamlet through the arts ; Sir Patrick Stewart biography.
Special features, Disc 2: Derek Jacobi extended interviews (34 min.) ; cast and crew interviews ; behind-the-scenes.
"Playing Shakespeare with the Royal Shakespeare Company"--Opening screens.
Credits: Cinematographers, Mike Fox, George Rosenberg ; editor, Sam Green ; stage director, Derek Jacobi ; consulting producer, Ray Hubbard ; associate producer, Colin Leighton.
Cast: Featuring the Renaissance Theatre Company.
Kenneth Branagh (Hamlet), Richard Easton (Claudius), Dearbhla Molloy (Gertrude), Edward Jewesbury (Polonius), Richard Clifford (Horatio), Sophie Thompson (Ophelia), Jay Villiers (Laertes), David Parfitt (Rosencrantz), Jimmy Yuill (Guildenstern) ; narrator, Patrick Stewart.
Target Audience: Not rated.
Description: 2 videodiscs (ca. 215 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (9 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 15 cm.)
Details: DVD-video; Dolby Digital stereo; 4:3 full screen (16.9 widescreen, Derek Jacobi interview only)
Contents: Documentary: Discovering Hamlet --
The story --
Physical moments --
Staging --
Week one : Claudius & Polonius --
Language/text advisor --
"To Be" : a different take --
Character --
Week three --
Fight! --
Director's notes --
Horatio --
Gertrude --
Ophelia driven insane --
Costume choices --
Dress rehearsal --
Countdown to opening --
"Goodnight, sweet prince." Disc 1 (53 min.) --
Disc 2 (162 min.). --
Booklet: The making of discovering Hamlet / Mark Olshaker.
Other Titles: Discovering Hamlet :
Responsibility: Unicorn Projects ; directed by Derek Jacobi ; written and directed by Mark Olshaker ; produced by Larry Klein.

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In 1988, rising star Kenneth Branagh tackled the role of Shakespeare's prince of Denmark for the first time in his professional career under the guidance of celebrated actor Derek Jacobi, considered by many to be "the best Hamlet of his generation" (New York Times). Narrated by Patrick Stewart, this hour-long film documents how these two intelligent, passionate men found new depths in Shakespeare's classic drama. Filmmakers Mark Olshaker and Larry Klein follow the Renaissance Theatre Company through four weeks of rehearsals, from the first read-throughs to opening night. Interviews with principal actors--as well as the set designer, costume supervisor, text advisor, and others--reveal how each member of the company meets the production's challenges.

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