Here is a selection of Clive's 'Video Finds' in the category 'Actors'. Click on any thumbnail to view its video.
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|Laurence Olivier as Henry V, 1944|
Henry V, Act 4 Scene 3: The English camp at Agincourt; Henry delivers this inspirational rallying speech to his troops on the eve of the battle. This replacement clip does include him mounting his horse and riding off.
Read Clive's introduction to the Laurence Olivier clips.
|Sir Laurence Olivier as Hamlet, 1948|
Hamlet, Act 3 Scene 1 “To Be or Not To Be”: The film takes us onto the battlements of Elsinore Castle for Hamlet's most familiar soliloquy. Hamlet ponders his existence, and whether death might be preferable to life.
|Olivier as Hamlet, 1948|
Hamlet, Act 5 Scene 1: On his return from England, Hamlet, with Horatio (Norman Wooland) encounters the gravedigger (Stanley Holloway) preparing for Ophelia's burial. The uploader of this horizontally-stretched clip may have been wearing anamorphic glasses.
|Olivier as Richard III, 1955|
Richard III, Act 1 Scene 1 “Now is the Winter of Our Discontent”: The deformed Richard, Duke of York, sneers at his brother Edward's complacency on achieving peace in the kingdom, and vows to disrupt that peace and assume the throne for himself. Featured video.
|Laurence, Baron Olivier as King Lear, 1983|
King Lear, Act 1 Scene 1: Lear announces his intention to partition his kingdom among his three daughters according to how they declare their love for him. Michael Elliott's 1983 production for Granada Television.
|Olivier as King Lear, 1983|
King Lear, Act 1 Scene 4: John Hurt's Fool teaches Olivier's Lear a little wisdom in this clip from the Granada TV production.
|Sir John Gielgud as Prospero, 1991|
“20 · A Book of Motion · ” : The 'Wedding Scene' from Peter Greenaway's 1991 fantasy film Prospero's Books (BBC). Amid the hectic action, Gielgud delivers two monologues from The Tempest. [This clip may be blocked from viewing outside the UK].
Read Clive's introduction to the John Gielgud clips.
|Gielgud as John of Gaunt, 1978|
Richard II, Act 2 Scene 1 “This Scepter'd Isle”: John of Gaunt's farewell speech before his death. From Cedric Messina's BBC Television Shakespeare production, 1978.
|Marlon Brando as Mark Antony, 1953|
Julius Caesar, Act 3 Scene 2 “Friends, Romans, Countrymen”: Mark Antony's Forum speech at Caesar's funeral.
Read Clive's introduction to the Marlon Brando clip.