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Laurence Olivier Portrait Print 1962 Signed Autograph "Hamlet"
This item is an 8" X 10 1/2",black and white sketch of actor Laurence Olivier. The portrait print is from 1962 and features Laurence Olivier as he starred in the 1948 Movie-"Hamlet".This black and white British film of Hamlet was directed by and starred Laurence Olivier. It was Olivier's second film as director, and is the second of the Shakespeare films which he directed. It has received the most prestigious accolades of any Shakespeare film, winning the Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Actor.
The film opens with Olivier's voiceover of his own interpretation of the play, which has been criticised as reductive: "This is the tragedy of a man who could not make up his mind." Olivier excised the "political" elements of the play (entirely cutting Fortinbras, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern) in favour of an intensely psychological performance. He played up the Oedipal overtones of the play, to the extent of casting the 28-year-old Eileen Herlie as Hamlet's mother, opposite himself (aged 41) as Hamlet. Film scholar Jack Jorgens has commented that "Hamlet's scenes with the Queen in her low-cut gowns are virtually love scenes." In contrast, Jean Simmons' Ophelia is destroyed by Hamlet's treatment of her in the nunnery scene: ending with her collapsing on the staircase in what Deborah Cartmell calls the position of a rape victim. According to J. Lawrence Guntner, the style of the film owes much to German Expressionism and to film noir: the cavernous sets featuring narrow winding stairwells correspond to the labyrinths of Hamlet's psyche. The portrait print has been autographed on the front by Laurence Olivier with a fountain pen in brown..........BOTH PORTRAIT PRINT AND AUTOGRAPH ARE IN VERY GOOD CONDITION.