British Universities Film & Video Council

moving image and sound, knowledge and access

William Shakespeare/Martha Graham

Synopsis
Arts strand of the televison documentary series, THIS WEEK. An 18 minute item contains scenes from Barbara Garson’s satirical play MacBird (a skit on Lyndon B. Johnson). MacBird learns from a fruit machine that he is to be Vice President to John Kennedy, and then President in his own right. He and his wife discuss the matter, she declaring that the Vice President never gets to be President. Presenter David Robinson then talks of the difficulties he feels Shakespeare presents for modern audiences and reviews two contemporary Shakespeare film releases, Zeffirelli’s THE TAMING OF THE SHREW (1966) and Welles’s CAMPANADAS A MEDIANOCHE (1966), with extracts from the latter.
Series
This Week - The Arts
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Transmission details
7 Apr 1967 at 22:10 (Channel: ITV)
Duration
30 mins; 1,636 feet

Credits

Director
John Phillips (2)
Contributor
David Robinson

Additional Details

Production type
Documentary/Educational/News
Plays
Macbeth
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
politics; satire; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

Notes
There are several sequences missing from the BFI National Archive’s 35mm copy of the Shakespeare section, including a probable introduction by Bryan Magee, an explanation of the MacBird production, and an extract from the Zeffirelli film.
General
The MacBird scenes come from Joan Littlewood’s production at the Theatre Royal, Stratford. The play, originally produced in New York, was a satirical portrait of American politics, finding in Macbeth, parallels for Johnson. The second half of the programme is on choreographer Martha Graham.

Production Company

Name

Rediffusion Television

Archive

Name

BFI National Archive

Web
http://www.bfi.org.uk/archive-collections/searching-access-collections/research-viewing-services External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7255 1444
Fax
020 7436 0165
Address
21 Stephen Street
London
W1T 1LN

Record Stats

This record has been viewed 428 times.