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Laurence Olivier

Synopsis
Television programme. Kenneth Tynan interviews Laurence Olivier about his career and major Shakespeare roles. Olivier speaks of how he used the Oedipus complex in Hamlet, working with Tyrone Guthrie (whom Oliver says was nervous of intimacy), the character of Coriolanus and the problems of performing Macbeth. He explains his inspirations for his ‘look’ as Richard III (the Big Bad Wolf) and the character of Othello (" a savage creature") which fed into his film. He says after Richard III he experienced "the sweet smell of success" which smelt like "Brighton and oyster bars". Actors he admires include Fairbanks, Barrymore, Coward and Sid Fields. He speaks of setting up the National Theatre. He talks of how he lowered his voice to play Othello, and how difficult the role is to play because Othello "moans all the time". Much of the footage was shown in the programme LAURENCE OLIVIER 1907-1989: A TRIBUTE (q.v.).
Series
Great Acting
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Television
Transmission details
23 Feb 1966 (Channel: BBC)
Duration
45 mins

Credits

Producer
Hal Burton
Contributor
Kenneth Tynan; Laurence Olivier

Additional Details

Production type
Documentary/Educational/News
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
acting; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Olivier, Laurence (1907-1989)

Notes

General
Olivier smokes a cigarette during par of the interview.

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

Archive

Name

BBC Archive

Web
http://www.bbc.co.uk/archive/ External site opens in new window
Name

BoB

Email
bob@learningonscreen.ac.uk
Web
https://learningonscreen.ac.uk/ondemand External site opens in new window
Phone
020 3743 2389
Address
Learning on Screen - the British Universities and Colleges Film and Video Council
York House
221 Pentonville Road
London
N1 9UZ
Notes
Formerly a service from BUFVC, British Universities Film & Video Council

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