Discovering Hamlet

Discovering Hamlet


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Veteran Shakespearian actor Patrick Stewart narrates this look inside the Birmingham Rep Company as they produce their vision of Hamlet. Sir Derek Jacobi directs Kenneth Branagh in his debut as Hamlet. They take a new approach in interpreting this famous work. This special is a behind-the-scenes look at the laborious path to opening night. You see the rehearsals and get a glimpse of the huge task of staging such a production. Interviews with Sir Derek Jacobi and Kenneth Branagh are featured. They reveal their own views and beliefs about one of Shakespeare's most famous works. PBS follows the path to presentation of Shakespeare's Hamlet.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/01/2011
UPC: 0054961853298
Original Release: 1999
Rating: NR
Source: Athena
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time: 0:53:00

Special Features

Exclusive interview with Derek Jacobi; Bonus disc with behind-the-scenes footage, cast and crew interviews, and extended production interview with Jacobi; 12-page viewers guide with an introduction by director Mark Olshaker, a history of the Renaissance Theatre Company, critical reactions to the production, and an article on Hamlet's textual challenges; Hamlets through the ages profiles; Cast biographies; Patrick Stewart biography; Photo gallery

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Discovering Hamlet
1. Discovering Hamlet [4:06]
2. The Story [2:12]
3. Physical Movements [1:45]
4. Staging [2:27]
5. Week One/Claudius & Polonius [4:05]
6. Language/Text Advisor [1:06]
7. "To Be," A Different Take [6:57]
8. Character [3:05]
9. Week Three [2:08]
10. Fight! [1:09]
11. Director's Notes [1:37]
12. Horatio [1:04]
13. Gertrude [8:04]
14. Ophelia Driven Insane [2:24]
15. Costume Choices [1:40]
16. Dress Rehearsal [1:52]
17. Countdown to Opening [4:19]
18. "Goodnight, Sweet Prince"/Credits [2:19]

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