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Hamlet (1948)

Synopsis
Oscar-winning feature film adaptation of the play directed by and starring Laurence Olivier.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Film; Video; Videocassette. VHS. b&w. 155 min. Film. 16mm. b&w. 155 min. DVD. b&w. 155 min. Blu-ray. b&w. 155 min.
Technical information
Black-and-white / Sound
Year of release
1948
Year of production
1948
Notes
The following study extracts are available for hire on 16mm film from Filmbank: Hamlet and the ghost - Act I Scenes iv & v (15 min); The closet scene - Act III Scene iv (11 min); the gravedigger’s scene - Act V Scene i (9 min.); the final duel - Act V Scene ii (16 min).

The Folger Shakespeare Library holds a post production script dated 11 May 1948, annotated by Robert Hamilton Ball. The Birmingham Shakespeare Library holds a typescript.

Released on Blu-ray by ITV DVD in November 2009.
Subjects
Drama; Shakespeare
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)
Related items
Great Moments from Hamlet
Hamlet
Hamlet - The Music Video
Royalty Honour ‘Hamlet’ Premiere

Credits

Director
Laurence Olivier
Producer
Laurence Olivier
Cinematographer
Desmond Dickinson
Writer
William Shakespeare
Screenplay
Alan Dent
Music
William Walton
Costume
Roger Furse
Art Direction
Carmen Dillon
Cast
Anthony Quayle 
Basil Sydney 
Eileen Herlie 
Esmond Knight 
Felix Aylmer 
Harcourt Williams 
Jean Simmons 
John Laurie 
Laurence Olivier 
Niall McGinnis 
Norman Wooland 
Patrick Troughton 
Peter Cushing 
Russell Thorndike 
Stanley Holloway 
Terence Morgan 
Tony Tarver 

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
BR Region B
Price
£12.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
155 minutes
Year
2009

Type
Film
Format
16mm

Type
VHS
Format
PAL
Price
£5.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
155 minutes
Year
2004

Production Company

Name

Rank

Distributor (Hire)

Name

Filmbankmedia

Email
info@filmbankmedia.com
Web
https://www.filmbankmedia.com/ External site opens in new window
Phone
+44 (0) 20 3866 6525
Address
1st Floor, 67-74 Saffron Hill
London
EC1N 8QX
UK
Notes
The main source in the UK for hire of feature films for non-theatrical presentations. The extensive catalogue includes vintage classics, independent films and big blockbusters. Available on 16mm as well as VHS and DVD. Also provides advice on contractual matters.

Distributor (Sale)

Name

ITV DVD

Web
http://www.itv.com External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7389 8555
Address
48 Leicester Square
London
WC2H 7FB
Notes
From 2006 the brand through which Granada Ventures releases material on DVD
 

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