The Worst Of Stage On Screen

A project from the 1970s to film some of the best stage productions and offer it as movies, hoped to offer the best of each medium. “Instead of combining the best of Hollywood and Broadway, it combined the worst. There were basically two ways of shooting theater before AFT came along (and after live television went the way of the horse-drawn carriage). The networks and public television would videotape a play in the theater or on a soundstage, hoping to capture the intimacy and general feel of live theater. Conversely, when the film industry shot a play or musical — Mike Nichols’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” or Olivier’s “Richard III” — it would be “opened up” and shot on location to look less stagy.”