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Friday, May 23, 2008

Live on Screen, 1964

Thank you to commenter Jeremy below for reminding us that nation-wide simulcasts of theatrical performances is an idea tried not only in the American Film Theater of the 70s, but as far back as Richard Burton's Hamlet in 1964.

So here's some unexciting--though intermittently hilarious--promotional footage for the event.

And, yes, this is the Hamlet the Wooster Group so mischievously screened themselves in their own "live on film" project recently.


Anonymous said...

Theatrofilm with Electronovision!!!

Anonymous said...

Burton makes no effort to conceal his embarrasment. Or his hangover.