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Discovering Hamlet

Author: Derek JacobiLarry Klein, (Producer)Mark OlshakerKenneth BranaghRichard EastonAll authors
Publisher: Silver Spring, MD : Athena, [2010]
Edition/Format:   DVD video : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In 1988, 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 men found new depths in Shakespeare's classic drama. Filmmakers Mark Olshaker and Larry  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Documentary television programs
Fiction films
Feature films
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; Larry Klein, (Producer); Mark Olshaker; Kenneth Branagh; Richard Easton; Dearbhla Molloy; Edward Jewesbury; Richard Clifford, (Actor); Sophie Thompson; Jay Villiers; David Parfitt; Jimmy Yuill; Patrick Stewart; William Shakespeare; Renaissance Theatre Company.; Unicorn Projects, Inc.; Athena (Firm); Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.)
ISBN: 9781598285321 1598285327
OCLC Number: 691438921
Language Note: Subtitled for the deaf and hard of hearing.
Notes: Originally produced for public television in 1990.
Special features (disc 1): A conversation with Sir Derek Jacobi -- Photo gallery -- The players in the production -- Hamlet through the ages -- Sir Patrick Stewart biography.
Includes "The making of discovering Hamlet" booklet by Mark Olshaker, 9 pages.
Credits: Cinematographers, Mike Fox, George Rosenberg ; editor, Sam Green ; stage director, Derek Jacobi.
Cast: Featuring the Renaissance Theartre 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) ; narrated by Patrick Stewart.
Target Audience: MPAA rating: Not rated.
Description: 2 videodiscs (approximately 215 min.) : sound, color with black & white sequences ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (9 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 15 cm)
Details: DVD; Dolby Digital stereo; 4:3 full screen (16.9 widescreen, Derek Jacobi interview only).
Contents: Disc 1 (53 min.): Discovering Hamlet --
The story --
Physical movements --
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"; Bonus disc 2 (162 min.): Derek Jacobi extended interviews --
Cast and crew interviews --
behind the scenes.
Responsibility: Unicorn Projects presents ; directed by Derek Jacobi ; produced by Larry Klein ; written and directed by Mark Olshaker.

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In 1988, 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 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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