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Poet’s Eye - A Tribute to Shakespeare, The

Synopsis
A film tribute to William Shakespeare, made for the Overseas Departments in connection with the quartercentenary celebrations. Spoken extracts from Shakespeare works (read by Stephen Murray) are blended with images of the British countryside and London. A sequence featuring Laurence Olivier in HENRY V (1944) is included and traditional music is played on the lute by Desmond Dupre. Literary consultant is Ivor Brown.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Film
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
1964
Duration
20 mins

Credits

Director
Gordon Hales
Producer
Humphrey Swingler
Cinematographer
John McCallum
Writer
Hilary Douglas
Music
Desmond Dupre
Contributor
Ivor Brown; Stephen Murray
Cast
Laurence OlivierKing Henry V

Additional Details

Production type
Documentary/Educational/News
Plays
Henry V
Subjects
Drama; Travel & tourism
Keywords
biographies; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

Notes
The footage was held by Film Images before the company closed in 2007.

The film is available on DVD as part of PORTRAIT OF A PEOPLE (The COI Collection. Vol. 5).
History
Released in the US with the title SHAKESPEARE’S IMAGERY - THE POET’S EYE,

Production Company

Name

Film Producers Guild

Name

Greenpark Productions

Sponsor

Name

Central Office of Information

Archive

Name

BFI Archive Footage Sales

Contact
Tony Dykes
Email
footagefilms@bfi.org.uk
Phone
020 7957 8932
Address
21 Stephen Street
London
WIT 1LN

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