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Hamlet

Synopsis
Feature film. A record of Sir Johnston Forbes-Robertson and the Drury Lane Company’s production of the play. `... the film’s chief purpose is to preserve a performance and a production and makes few concessions to those ignorant of the play ... But Forbes-Robertson’s subtle, active, individual performance makes it clear why he was considered the greatest Hamlet of his time. Forbes-Robertson was 60 years old when he made the film’. [McKernan & Terris, Walking Shadows op cit].
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Film
Technical information
Black-and-white / Silent
Year of release
1913
Duration
64 mins; 5,800 feet

Credits

Director
E. Hay Plumb
Producer
Cecil Hepworth
Writer
William Shakespeare
Production Design
Hawes Craven
Cast
Johnston Forbes-RobertsonHamlet
Walter RinghamClaudius
J. H. BarnesPolonius
Gertrude ElliottOphelia
Alexander Scott GattLaertes
E.A RossGuildenstern
Eric AdeneyFrancisco
Eric AdeneyReynaldo
George HayesOsric
Grendon BentleyFortinbras
J.H. RyleyGravedigger (1)
Montague RutherfordRosencrantz
Olive RichardsonPlayer Queen
Percy RhodesGhost
Richard AndeanBarnardo
Richard AndeanPlayer (2)
Robert AtkinsMarcellus
Robert AtkinsPlayer (1)
S.A. CooksonHoratio
S.T. PearceGravedigger (2)

Additional Details

Theatre company
Drury Lane Company
Production type
Fiction Films
Plays
Hamlet
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

Notes
The BFI National Archive holds three viewing prints. 4,846ft (35mm), 1,924ft (16mm) and 5,344ft (35mm). The length given on release was 5,800ft.

A study extract (catalogued separately) may be hired from BFI Bookings.

4 video clips may be viewed on the bfi’s www.screenonline.org.uk
General
Filmed at Hepworth’s Walton-on-Thames studios and on location at Lulworth Cove, Dorset.
Reviews
Ball, Robert Hamilton. Shakespeare on Silent Film: A Strange Eventful History. London: George Allen and Unwin, 1968 (188-9, 349-51). McKernan, Luke and Olwen Terris. Walking Shadows: Shakespeare in the National Film and Television Archive. London: BFI, 1994 (p. 46).

Production Company

Name

Hepworth Manufacturing Company

Archive

Name

BFI National Archive

Web
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Fax
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Address
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