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Beerbohm Tree, the Great English Actor (1899)
"King John" (original title)

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This short film recreates King John's death scene at the end of the play.


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Cast overview:
Herbert Beerbohm Tree ...
Dora Tulloch ...
Prince Henry (as Dora Senior)
Charles Sefton ...
J. Fisher White ...
Earl of Pembroke (as James Fisher)
S.A. Cookson ...
Franklyn McLeay ...
Lewis Waller ...
Julia Neilson ...
William Mollison ...
Gerald Lawrence ...
Louis Calvert ...
Norman McKinnel ...


Based on Shakespeare's play, Act V, Scene vii: King John is in torment, and his supporters fear that his end is near. As he writhes in agony, he is attended by Prince Henry, the Earl of Pembroke, and Robert Bigot. Prince Henry tries repeatedly to comfort his delirious father, but to no avail - John's pain is too great. Written by Snow Leopard

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Silent Shakespeare
13 March 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

King John (1899)

*** (out of 4)

've been told this was the first Shakespeare adaptation and if so it isn't too bad for what it is. Running just over three minutes this here takes the final pages of the play as King John dies.

Tempest, The (1908)

*** (out of 4)

Another Shakespeare adaptation works perfectly well and delivers a very magical feel. Part of this is due to the dreamlike camera work but the special effects are also quite good for their time.

Midsummer Night's Dream, A (1909)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Yep, more Shakespeare early style. The actual "story" never really comes across here and the title cards just make things even more confusing but the interesting thing are all the technical stuff. Every shot of the film takes place outdoors and all the locations are very nice. The camera angels are also all set up to perfectly capture the mood of the film.

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