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Lawrence Olivier as Hamlet and Vivian Leigh as Ophelia. Photo via Shakespeare's Staging. Image may not be a still from the film itself, but was taken during the plays run in 1937 at Kronborg Castle, Elsinore, Denmark.

Identifier:

  • HSFA 99.10.3 (Source: Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Museum)

Date produced: 1937

Filmmaker(s):

John V. Hansen

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Languages:

English

Length:

262 ft

Format:

16mm

Colour:

Colour

Sound Notes:

Silent

Description:

"Silent amateur film shot by John V. Hansen, engineer and member of the Amateur Cinema League, of a performance of Tyrone Guthrie’s Hamlet at Kronberg Castle, Elsinore, Denmark with Laurence Olivier as Hamlet. The first title card states that ‘the oldest metropolitan daily Berlingske Tidende of Copenhagen presents the Old Vic at Kronberg’. The second title states ‘snappy colour-shots from different angles of Scenes from Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’'. Film shows audience, cast getting ready and shots taken throughout the play" The Human Studies Film Archive via the British Universities and Film Council.

Resources:

The Human Studies Film Archive

Locations:

  • Kronborg Castle, Elsinore, Denmark (Filming)

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Repository:

The Human Studies Film Archive

Viewing Notes:

" First title card states that "the oldest metropolitan daily Berlingske Tidende of Copenhagen presents the Old Vic at Kronborg." Second title states "snappy colour-shots from different angles of Scenes from Shakespeares "Hamlet." Title cards list cast as including Laurence Olivier (Hamlet); Vivian Leigh (Ophelia); John Abbott (Claudius); Dorothy Dix (Gertrude); Torin Thatcher (Ghost of Hamlet’s father); George Howe (Polonius); Leo Genn (Horatio); and Michael Redgrave (Laertes). Films shows audience, cast getting ready and shots taken throughout the play." Viewing notes via the Smithsonian Museum.