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Desc:entire play: http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=ShakespeareAndMore#g/c/422B4AD5E82BE89A
Category:Classic TV Clips, Arts
Tags:BBC, john gielgud, Sophocles, Michael Pennington, Greek Tragedy
Submitted:John Holmes Motherfucker
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John Holmes Motherfucker
I had this on VHS tape when I was in college during the 1980s, and I used to watch this scene over and over. It's the most dramatic scene I know in literature. (Number 2 would be Hamlet's first encounter with his father's ghost.) Gielgud is a force of supernatural nature.

I found this YOUTUBE channel, "Shakespeare and More", via one of the "related" clips to that recent sexy Helen Mirren clip that we all loved. I can't recommend this channel strongly enough. It's like, the greatest thing on the web. That sounds ridiculous, but it's a serious contender. Among other things, you'll find the complete version of all three Theban plays, including another awesome appearance of Gielgud's Tieresias, in Antigone.


This is really fucking good. Like, really really fucking good.
Love it, thanks for posting the link. Personally I like 'Oedipus at Colonus', where the Gods finally forgive this poor sap for everything that wasn't his fault to begin with.
John Holmes Motherfucker
In case I didn't make it clear, Oedipus at Colonus is available at this YouTube Channel. So is the Oresteia, and 4 different version of King Lear, etc etc. There are over 500 uploads, though many of the full length plays are of course divided into 10 minute segments.

John Holmes Motherfucker
>>Personally I like 'Oedipus at Colonus', where the Gods finally forgive this poor sap for everything that wasn't his fault to begin with.

And where he tells both of his grasping, opportunistic sons to go fuck themselves.

I got no sleep last night and thought this clip was called John Gielgud, You Have no Quran!

Kind of upset.
John Holmes Motherfucker
He mocks Tieresias for being blind! That's why they call it "Sophoclean Irony"!
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