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both were the outstanding theater Hamlets of their day. The elocution, the timing and enunciation, is where their artistry shone. It is difficult for Americans, sometime, to appreciate the British classical stage acting and speech.
I love British productions. Some of the TV shows like Granada's Sherlock Holmes are the greatest. I saw a list by Literary Hub of 40 Hamlets. I Smoktunovsky came out tops. Seems L Olivier also agrees. He is second. David Tennant, Ethan Hawk, Asta Neilsen follow.Mel Gibson is 9, Christopher Plummer is 14, Nicol Williamsen 15 and Richard Burton 16.Way down at 33 is Jack Benny(1942), Maximllan Schell at 34.
I think Grigori Kozintsev has directed the 1964 movie like a ballet. When Ophelia is on the defensive, she moves backwords and all others move forward. It feels like she would jump up and float lime Makarova.
I was wondering about it. Mel Gibson of all people.
little doubt the guy who made the list would put him third or fourth... Smoktunovsky, however, is a fine "Hamlet."
featuring Alex Winter as Yorick?
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