|Freud 1962 N/R, 118 min.|
aka: Freud: The Secret Passion
Director: John Huston
Cast: Montgomery Clift, Larry Parks, Susannah York, Susan Kohner, Eric Portman, Fernand Ledoux, David McCallum, Rosalie Crutchley, David Kossoff, Eileen Herlie, Joseph Furst, Alexander Mango, Leonard Sachs, John Huston, Victor Beaumont
The early years of Sigmund Freud's great career, leading to the development of psychoanalysis, are portrayed in this film with Montgomery Clift as Freud.
|Hamlet 1964 N/R, 199 min.|
Director: Bill Colleran, John Gielgud
Cast: Richard Burton, Hume Cronyn, Alfred Drake, Barnard Hughes, Eileen Herlie, William Redfield, John Cullum, John Gielgud, Frederick Young, Michael Ebert, George Rose, George Voskovec, Hugh Alexander, Dillon Evans, Linda Marsh
This version of Shakespeare's play was filmed with a process that made the dark story even darker during a live performance on Broadway. Richard Burton excels in his role of Prince Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark. Soon after Hamlet's father is killed, his mother, Queen Gertrude (Eileen Herlie), marries her brother-in-law Claudius (Alfred Drake). When the ghost of Hamlet's father returns, he tells Hamlet that Claudius murdered him and demands that Hamlet seek revenge. Hamlet fakes madness to avoid suspicion, and before it is over, not only Claudius, but Gertrude, Hamlet's chief counselor Polonius (Hume Cronyn) and Polonius' daughter Ophelia (Linda Marsh)–who loves Hamlet– and Hamlet all lie dead. John Gielgud directed the Broadway production (and was also the voice of the Ghost); Bill Colleran directed the filming, using 15 cameras to catch all of the action.
|Hamlet 1948 N/R, 153 min.|
Director: Laurence Olivier
Cast: Laurence Olivier, Basil Sydney, Eileen Herlie, Jean Simmons, Felix Aylmer, Norman Wooland, Terence Morgan, Peter Cushing, Stanley Holloway, John Laurie, Esmond Knight, Anthony Quayle, Niall MacGinnis, Harcourt Williams, Christopher Lee
This film represents Laurence Olivier at his best starring as the melancholy Dane, Prince Hamlet. Soon after his father's death, Hamlet's mother, Queen Gertrude (Eileen Herlie), marries her brother-in-law Claudius (Basil Sydney). Now his father's ghost returns to speak to Hamlet and tells him that his own brother Claudius murdered him. He wants Hamlet to be kind to Gertrude but to kill Claudius. Hamlet vows to avenge his death and fakes madness to accomplish that goal. His acts lead to the end of several lives–including Claudius, Gertrude, Hamlet's chief counselor Polonius (Felix Almer) and Polonius' daughter Ophelia (Jean Simmons) who loves Hamlet, and, finally, Hamlet. There was a well-deserved Best Actor Oscar presented to Olivier. The film also won Oscars for Best Picture, Art Direction/Set Decoration, and Costume Design. Olivier also received a nomination for Best Director, and Simmons was nominated for Best Supporting Actress.
|The Sea Gull 1968 G, 141 min.|
Genre: Drama / Romance
Director: Sidney Lumet
Cast: James Mason, Vanessa Redgrave, Simone Signoret, David Warner, Harry Andrews, Denholm Elliott, Eileen Herlie, Alfred Lynch, Kathleen Widdoes, Ronald Radd, Frej Lindqvist, Karen Miller
Set in the 19th century on a Russian estate, this is the film adaptation of Chekov's play about a visit by actress Arkadina (Simone Signoret) and her lover, Trigorin (James Mason), who visit her brother Sorin (Harry Andrews) and his son Konstantin (David Warner). During the visit, Arkadina and Trigorin disrupt the lives of the family, and tragedies ensue.
|1. Freud (1962)|
aka: Freud: The Secret Passion
2. Hamlet (1964)
3. Hamlet (1948)
4. The Sea Gull (1968)
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