Near the start of the movie The Sword of Sherwood Forest (1960), Alan A'Dale plays a strange looking instrument. It is roughly 5 minutes into the movie. It looks like a lute but it has an L shape on the neck with a lot more strings and no second neck. I've never seen anything like that before.
Is that a real instrument and what is it called?
What do you do with the strings in the section with no neck? Are they just plucked?